Why should you measure body temperature?

It is of great medical importance to measure body temperature. The reason is that a number of diseases are accompanied by characteristic changes in body temperature. Likewise, the course of certain diseases can be monitored by measuring body temperature, and the efficiency of a treatment initiated can be evaluated by the physician.

Fever is a reaction to disease-specific stimuli, where the set point of the temperature control centre is varied to promote the body’s defenses against the disease process.

Fever is the most common form of pathological (disease- related) elevation on body temperature.