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October 1939


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;64(4):809-819. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00190040150010

Examples of temperatures of 45 C. (113 F.) in man are sufficiently uncommon to deserve careful study and report, and examples of temperatures above 40 C. (104 F.) persisting for several weeks at this level are also unusual. At times, patients with such temperatures have been made the subjects of undesirable publicity. They present problems which are not yet completely elucidated. Osler,1 in 1909, said:

It is a suggestive fact that the cases of paradoxical temperatures reported of late years, in which the thermometer has registered 112° to 120° or more, have been in women. Fraud has been practised in some of these, but others have to be accepted, though their explanation is impossible under our known laws.

This statement still holds true in 1939. For these reasons the following case report is presented in considerable detail.

REPORT OF CASE  S. V., a white woman, was born in the United

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