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Letters Fever as nature’s engine

Some clinical data

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c905
  1. Gavin Barlow, consultant in infectious diseases and honorary senior lecturer1,
  2. Patrick Lillie, clinical research fellow2,
  3. Dilip Nathwani, honorary professor of infectious diseases3,
  4. Peter Davey, professor and lead clinician for clinical quality improvement4
  1. 1Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 5JQ
  2. 2Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7BN
  3. 3Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust, Dundee DD1 9SY
  4. 4Division of Clinical and Population Sciences and Education, University of Dundee, Dundee DD2 4BF
  1. gavin.barlow{at}

    We read with interest recent letters on the potential benefit of fever in infection.1 2 In keeping with previously published data,3 we recently found that hypothermia (<36ºC) on admission to hospital was significantly associated with 30 day mortality in …

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