Posted by Roger V on June 30, 1998 at 19:09:51:
In response to fevers, written by Laura W on June 30, 1998 at 12:53:46
] ] Yeah but - a bump on the head from a fall? I find myself getting skeptical and I hate when that happens! B. Diana
Another possible answer to this question is that I think the word "fever" hasn't always meant just a high temperature... I think it could also mean that someone was delirious or unconscious, both of which could happen from a fall down the stairs, from a horse, or off a pier, as in "Persuasion."
I'm unsure if anyone had even yet established was "normal" body temperature was in Regency times, but I do know that some decades later the entire U.S. Army Medical Corps owned less than a dozen clinical thermometers, so even by then measuring body temperatures was still pretty inexact.
Also, as has been suggested already, someone who had suffered an injury that in itself did not cause a fever might later develop one after being infected by unsterile medical instruments, bandages or salves...
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