BARNEY GRAHAM, M.D.; GEORGE B. THEIL, M.D.; DAVID W. GREGORY, M.D.
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To the editor: Having recently started a study of fevers in patients presenting to emergency rooms, we needed to know whether various physical factors influenced the oral temperature. A literature review showed no specific information on how common activities such as cigarette smoking or drinking hot or cold liquids might influence this important vital sign.
Measurements of the oral temperature and pulse of 11 adult volunteers were taken under basal conditions and at 0 and 5 minutes after each subject smoked one cigarette, drank 240 mL of hot coffee, and drank 240 mL of ice water. The clinical thermometers used
GRAHAM B, THEIL GB, GREGORY DW. Smoking, Hot and Cold Drinks, Pulse, and Temperature. Ann Intern Med. ;98:559–560. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-4-559_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(4):559-560.
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