Thomas C. Gibson, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Body temperatures are routine clinical measurements, easily taken and easily misinterpreted. A reappraisal of the significance of fever in patients with coronary heart disease was considered appropriate in the setting of the coronary care unit, and four hourly rectal temperatures were taken on 1000 successive admissions where time of onset of symptoms could be identified. If fever was defined as an elevation of 38.0 °C or more during two successive 24-hour periods, then 32.6% of all patients were febrile at some time during the first 7 days in hospital. Three hundred thirty-four patients were diagnosed as having acute myocardial infarction,
Gibson TC. The Significance of Fever in a Coronary Care Unit.. Ann Intern Med. ;76:864. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-864_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):864.
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