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Introduction Historical and General Comments

  • George M. Hahn

Abstract

Hundreds of years ago, the Greek physician Parmenides said that given the means to induce fevers he would be able to cure all illnesses. Presumably he meant to include cancer, since malignancies were described in early Greek literature. The effects of elevated temperatures on human physiological functions and, in particular, on the healing process have fascinated clinicians and researchers for many years. Hippocrates described in detail many febrile diseases and commented extensively on the beneficial role of fever. A Roman, Celsus, catalogued the clinical symptoms of inflammation and noticed their association with fevers.

Keywords

Malignant Hyperthermia Sodium Salicylate Deuterium Oxide Febrile Disease Central Nervous System Symptom 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • George M. Hahn
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  1. 1.Stanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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