Medicine: Pure Fever

Doctors have had great difficulty in analyzing the chemical changes which occur in patients who run temperatures as the result of diseases such as measles, diphtheria, influenza, tuberculosis, dysentery. Last fortnight young Dr. Ella Harriet Fishberg of Manhattan's Beth Israel Hospital reported on pure fever uncomplicated by germs, viruses or poisons.

The fundamental effect of fever, Dr. Fishberg found, is alkalosis, caused by loss of acidic substances (chloride, lactic acid, carbon dioxide) from the body. The acid loss occurs through the skin and lungs as the body automatically struggles to cool off...

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