Fever has long been recognized as a symptom of disease. Until the past century it was considered a healthy sign; since then this view has changed and the use of drugs to reduce fever has grown quite common. Acting on the revival of interest as to whether the effects of fever are beneficial or harmful, Matthew Kluger and other physiologists began a series of experiments designed to resolve this question. This book synthesizes their research, making a case not only for the beneficial function of fever but also for the re-evaluation of current clinical practices regarding fever.
Originally published in 1979.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Contents, pg. vii
- List of Tables, pg. xi
- List of Figures, pg. xiii
- Acknowledgments, pg. xvii
- Introduction, pg. xix
- 1. Regulation of Body Temperature in the Vertebrates, pg. 1
- 2. The Biology of Fever, pg. 51
- 3. The Evolution of Fever, pg. 106
- 4. The Adaptive Value of Fever, pg. 129
- References, pg. 167
- Index, pg. 191