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THE USE OF DEMEROL IN ARTIFICIAL FEVER
THOS. J. HELDT; NICHOLAS P. DALLIS; WILLIAM J. O'CONNELL
Am J Psychiatry 1945;101:789-792.
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The Division of Neuropsychiatry, Department of Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan.

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The use of demerol hydrochloride in 22 cases receiving artificial fever therapy in the Kettering hypertherm is reported. This represented a total of 165 treatments. The youngest patient was seventeen years and the oldest was sixty-five years of age.Treatments were usually given at weekly intervals with the temperature maintained between 105 and 107 degrees Fahrenheit for three to five hours.In 5 cases there was opportunity to compare demerol with the use of other drugs. In all such clinical comparisons demerol was found to be superior from a standpoint of management, safety and comfort of the patient. [See table In Source PDF].

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meperidine ; fever
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