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December 1960

Sweating Sickness

Author Affiliations

Durham, N.C.
From the Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(6):934. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040936021

Three of the most distressing symptoms of Asian influenza which may persist for weeks, with exacerbations, are nausea, intense sweating (especially of the head, neck, and shoulders), and a sensation of chilliness regardless of the room temperature, which is particularly noticeable on the outside of the thighs and calves.

The recent articles on influenza, and even "The Compleat Pediatrician,"1 emphasize the respiratory symptoms and signs but seldom mention the nausea, sweating, and chilliness—symptoms which are far more annoying to the patient and which were stressed in the descriptions of the English epidemics of 1485, 1506, 1517, 1528, and 1551, i.e., "Amidst painful oppression of the stomach, the whole body was suffused with a fetid perspiration...." "The French, who, from the levity of their character, have always called serious things by jocose names, designate this disease 'Coqueluche' (the monk's hood), because, owing to the extreme sensibility of the skin to

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