T. H. BENZINGER, M.D., SCD.
The measurement of human body temperature is perhaps the only instance where a quantitative method of clinical observation is routinely applied in every family, by every mother. Yet we are far from understanding its meaning. The measurement is performed in disease, not during health. In health, human body temperature is homeostatically regulated by physiologic mechanisms, which have been the goal of many attempts at discovery. How does it happen, that in summer or in winter, at peaceful rest or with the metabolic furnace at full blast during strenuous exercise, our temperature is always approximately 37° C?
It has long been
BENZINGER TH. THE QUANTITATIVE MECHANISM AND THE SENSORY RECEPTOR ORGAN OF HUMAN TEMPERATURE CONTROL IN WARM ENVIRONMENT1. Ann Intern Med. ;54:685–699. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-54-4-685
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