Temperature of the humain body

Duchesne Pierre duchesnp at ERE.UMontreal.CA
Sun Feb 16 18:01:49 EST 1997


In a statistical course, i introduce students to confidence intervals,
testing statitical hypotheses and so on.  I great example is the
temperature of the human body.  It is admitted that all 'know' that
the mean normal body temperature is 37 degrees centigrade.  However,
recent research in 'Journal of the American Medical Association'
has posited that the mean normal temperature is really 36.8 degrees
centigrade.  The authors cite problems with Wunderlich's original
methodology, diurnal fluctuations and unreliable thermometers.

Can you say more about Wunderlich and his original methodology?
Who was that person?  Can you give me others facts about 
the mean temperature of the human body?

Thanks for help!
Pierre Duchesne
duchesne at dms.umontreal.ca
duchesnp at ere.umontreal.ca

pierre duchesne
etudiant UdM statistique, bureau 4257, fax: 343-5700
e-mail: duchesnp at brise.ere.umontreal.ca

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