Effect of Tachypnea on the Estimation of Body Temperature by an Oral Thermometer

Dan Tandberg, David Sklar

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Hermann BOERHAAVE introduced clinical thermometry into the practice of medicine in 1709, and since that time a measurement of body temperature has been included in the early evaluation of most sick patients.1 This is because useful clues about the nature and severity of a patient's illness can often be derived from the pattern and magnitude of the temperature elevation.2,3 There is some controversy about the best site for measuring body temperature in adult outpatients: The rectal temperature measurement is commonly believed to be more reliable than the oral or axillary because the rectum is more protected from the effects of.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)945-946
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 21 1983
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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