Concepts of fever.

  title={Concepts of fever.},
  author={Philip A. Mackowiak},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  volume={158 17},
If asked to define fever, most physicians would offer a thermal definition, such as "fever is a temperature greater than...." In offering their definition, many would ignore the importance of the anatomic site at which temperature measurements are taken, as well as the diurnal oscillations that characterize body temperature. If queried about the history of clinical thermometry, few physicians could identify the source or explain the pertinacity of the belief that 98.6 degrees F (37.0 degrees C… CONTINUE READING