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June 1938

Artificial Fever, Produced by Physical Means: Its Development and Application

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(6):1095. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480120161028

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The subject of artificial fever produced by physical means is presented for the first time in book form. The entire literature on this subject up to 1937, including 556 references, is reviewed. The history of artificial fever therapy, the physiologic changes produced in the human body by high temperatures and the technic of inducing fever by physical means occupy the first five chapters. The author considers electromagnetic induction combined with the use of an air-conditioned cabinet the method of choice. The dangers and contraindications of artificial fever therapy are adequately stressed.

Chapters 6 to 12 deal with those clinical conditions for which this type of therapy has been sufficiently used to justify drawing definite conclusions as to its value. They include the various forms of syphilis of the central nervous system, primary and secondary syphilis, multiple sclerosis, chorea minor, arthritis, gonorrhea and asthma. Excellent therapeutic results are obtained in dementia

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