ROBERT G. PETERSDORF, M.D.; IVAN L. BENNETT JR., M.D.
The problem of elucidating the etiology of fever is one of the most fascinating and challenging that confronts the physician. It is of course well recognized that fever can be a prominent manifestation of many diseases of widely diversified etiology, and that the diagnostic possibilities in any given case may be legion. Furthermore, because body temperature is routinely recorded in clinical practice and considered to be an "objective" physical finding, its reliability is rarely questioned. Thus, while a definitive diagnosis is not always established in febrile illnesses, so-called "F.U.O.'s," the question of whether a patient actually has fever is seldom
PETERSDORF RG, BENNETT IL. FACTITIOUS FEVER1. Ann Intern Med. ;46:1039–1062. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-46-6-1039
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;46(6):1039-1062.
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