To the Editor: The paper by Tandberg and Sklar (April 21 issue)* describing the effect of tachypnea on the estimation of body temperature with the use of an oral thermometer was personally satisfying to us, because it provided scientific evidence for the common wisdom of our mothers. They knew that for a correct oral temperature reading, the glass thermometer had to be placed under the tongue, with the lips pursed around it. If one could not keep one's mouth closed (because of tachypnea, for instance), one was subjected to a rectal temperature measurement. Another method of temperature measurement was the.
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