Why do you get a fever when you're sick? - Christian Moro
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Fever is common across the animal kingdom, where it’s remained a noticeable response to infection for millions of years. It’s observed in mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and even some invertebrate species. However, what’s particularly interesting is our longstanding human fascination with fever. Parmenides of Elea, the founder of metaphysics, in 500BC stated “Give me the power to produce fever and I'll cure all disease”. Hippocrates also characterised and wrote widely about fever in the 5th century BC.
In the 1600’s English physician Thomas Sydenham wrote that “Fever is nature’s engine which she brings into the field to remove her enemy”. It’s incredible to think that even nowadays we wonder and ponder many of the same concerns as our predecessors. Infection has always been a concern for humans, but nowadays we’re very fortunate to have access to modern medicines, such as antibiotics, which can help us fight many of the fever-inducing pathogens. Get more insights into fever here.
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