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"Fever Phobia Revisited: Have Parental Misconceptions About Fever Changed in 20 Years?" Michael Crocetti, MD*, Nooshi Moghbeli, BA*, and Janet Serwint, MD From the * Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and The Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore, Maryland.

PEDIATRICS Vol. 107 No. 6 June 2001, pp. 1241-1246.

Objectives.  Fever is one of the most common reasons that parents seek medical attention for their children. Parental concerns arise in part because of the belief that fever is a disease rather than a symptom or sign of illness . . . Read entire article free online at publisher site by clicking here.

Conclusions.  Fever phobia persists. Pediatric health care providers have a unique opportunity to make an impact on parental understanding of fever and its role in illness . . . Read entire article free online at publisher site by clicking here.



By JANE E. BRODY Published in The New York Times, December 28, 1982

THE ancient Greeks, who regarded disease as an imbalance of ''humors,'' believed fever cured the sick by cooking the bad humors and helping the body get rid of them. The notion of fever as beneficial persisted for more than 2,000 years, and countless patients were actually treated with ''fever therapy'' to aid their recovery from such ailments as syphilis, tuberculosis and even mania.

Then, in the mid-1800's, aspirin compounds that rapidly reduced fevers became commercially available and the medical view of fever changed abruptly. For the next hundred years, physicians and patients focused on bringing down fevers, sometimes with such drastic measures as cold baths and alcohol rubs.

Now, the view of fever is undergoing yet another about-face, thanks to recent research that has in essence documented the benefits suspected by the Greeks. Fever, the studies indicate, evolved at least 300 million years ago in cold-blooded vertebrates as a means of helping the body fight off invading organisms. Read the full New York TImes article by clicking here.


What You Need To Know About Fevers

(CBS) The first thing we do when a child is feeling under the weather is take his or her temperature.

But how much do we really understand about the reading we get from that thermometer?

On The Early Show Saturday Edition, Dr. Mallika Marshall quizzed co-anchor Chris Wragge, to sort out facts and myths about fevers. You can take the quiz, too! Click here and go to the CBS website.