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Giovanni Truffi recently reported that Treponema pallidum remains virulent when passed for one hour through the body of birds, which are supposed to have a body temperature of 42° C. (107.6° F.). Mario Truffi and Beck theorized on these results, and reached the bizarre conclusion that Treponema pallidum could resist, within the organism of birds, temperatures of 42° C. (107.6° F.) during at least five hours. They deduced from the experiments of Giovanni Truffi that mere thermic rise is not the cause of the action of malaria therapy and of pyretotherapy in general.
We believe that we have disproved these
NEW EXPERIMENTAL DATA ON ARTIFICIAL HYPERTHERMIA*. Ann Intern Med. 1938;11:1933–1945. doi: https://doi.org/10.1059/0003-4819-11-11-1933
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