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THE INFLUENCE OF CLOTHING ON THE SURFACE TEMPERATURE OF INFANTS

W. B. McCLURE, M.D.; L. W. SAUER, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1915;X(6):425-435. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1915.04110060030005.
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INTRODUCTION  The problem of high infant mortality in summer has received much attention, but of the various factors bearing on this problem, such as high outside- and room-temperature, humidity, etc., the factor of clothing has received relatively little attention. As a result of studies on puppies, we pointed out in a previous communication,1 that the clothing may so seriously interfere with the loss of body heat at moderately high temperatures as to cause the death of the animal. Not that the necessity of scanty clothing for the infant at high temperatures has not been recognized, but it has never been the object of scientific inquiry. For the adult Rubner2 has furnished very valuable data with regard to the prevention of heat loss by clothing, while for the infant no such data are available.We therefore set out to furnish some more accurate data showing the influence of clothing

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