Medicine: That Temperature

A sigh of relief goes up from the doctors of America. Their clinical thermometers are still good. The record temperature of Evelyn Lyons of Escanaba, Mich., has gone to join the other famous hoaxes of history. Her temperature, which hovered over two weeks at 114 degrees or more, and set her own and other physicians theorizing as to its mysterious cause, was really only 104. Evelyn fooled them all with a little hot water bag hidden under her arm. But Dr. Morris Fishbein of the American Medical Association, Chicago, watched through a keyhole....

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