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Reviewing the effectiveness of tympanic thermometers

The significance of changes in body temperature to identify illness was discovered about 140 years ago by Carl Wunderlich, who developed the clinical mercury thermometer. He was the first person to realise that there was a normal range for body temperature and that anything outside that normal range could indicate the presence of disease.

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