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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. Nov 1976; 39(11): 1071–1075.
PMCID: PMC1083305

Method for quantitative estimation of thermal thresholds in patients.


A quantitative method for the examination of thermal sensibility was applied in 26 normal subjects and in patients with various neurological disorders. The stimulation technique resembled Békésy audiometry: the patient reversed the direction of the temperature change of a thermode whenever warm, cold, or thermal pain thresholds were reached. The resulting temperature curve enables a quantitative description of the subject's thermal sensibility and of the degree of impairment displayed by neurological patients.

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