Medicine: Heated Rats, Masculine Mice

Most heroic of modern therapeutic measures is artificial fever treatment. If a patient with gonorrhea, St. Vitus' dance or atrophic arthritis is willing to lie snugly in a hot box or expose himself to short-wave radiation for periods varying from two to ten hours, sometimes several times a week, while his temperature is pushed up seven or eight degrees, he stands a good chance of recovery. Whether the intense heat kills the germs, or stimulates the body to produce germicidal substances doctors do not know. Only ill effect of intense heat was delirium, now prevented by copious draughts of salt water...

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