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History of Fever

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  • #x203A; Fever is perhaps the most ancient hallmark of disease. It dates back as far as civilization itself.

  • › The oldest civilizations (Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Chinese, Indian, and Greek) demonstrated extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, but they tended to view fever as being induced by evil spirits.

  • › Many ancient physicians, fostered mainly by the Greeks, believed in the beneficial effects of fever (ancient concepts).

  • › By the eighteenth century, fever was thought to be a harmful by-product of infection (the medical renaissance concept). Antipyretics were introduced, and their extensive use has since then been considered beneficial.

  • › Over the past 40-50 years, intensive research has been carried out to investigate the role of fever. Although still there is disagreement, evidence now indicates that the effects of fever are complex but overall beneficial (current concepts).

Keywords

Typhoid Fever Febrile Illness Ancient World Evil Spirit Ancient Concept 
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