Many diseases are characterized by the production of a fever in the infected host. Contrary to early beliefs a moderate fever is now thought to be one of the defense mechanisms used by the body to, combat some infections. High temperatures alone are enough to destroy some invading organisms. Carpenter and others (1933) showed that the causative organism in gonorrhea can be destroyed in vitro by temperatures such as those induced in artificial fever. Ellingson and Clark (1942) observed increasing phagocytosis with rising temperatures. Others have reported increased antibody production under the influence of fever.
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Bell, A. E.
"Temperature Changes in the Chick During the Course of Fowl Typhoid,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 54(1), 303-309.
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