Talk:Medical thermometer

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how about a little more history? and maybe sections? this article should be expanded; about every family household (in the U.S. where i'm from) has some kind of medical thermometer. JoeSmack Talk 20:08, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

The history is already outlined at thermometer. This article is really just about the medical uses. WhatamIdoing (talk) 04:51, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
and basal has been re-directed here after a merger proposal of it into thermometer, I've actually proposed this be merged into thermometer itself as there isn't really enough to warrant its own article. Travellingcari (talk) 01:44, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
I think there could be medical thermometer history too. i.e., first use, recognition in diagnosis, et cetera. Pdbailey (talk) 22:27, 28 January 2008 (UTC)
I think that's an option. I don't know enough about it to write it, but it's an option for expansion/improvement. Travellingcari (talk) 01:00, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

I note the description of "traditional mercury thermometers" mercury was replaced in clinical thermometers I think as far back as the 1960's the safer option adopted being alcohol with a red dye —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:15, 27 March 2008 (UTC) 88888888888********************** —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:59, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Current state of metrication in U.S. hospitals?[edit]

Question for a practicing U.S. hospital physician: What is the current state of metrication in U.S. hospitals with regard to body temperature? Is it usually measured in °C nowadays? Sometimes? Rarely? Always? Thanks. — ¾-10 16:44, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

I work in a hospital, and all the departments and clinics use Fahrenheit. Could this article have some Fahrenheit included for US readers? Nam1123 (talk) 12:13, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Change of Title[edit]

As medical thermometers are not fundamentally different from the technologies used elsewhere, might the article be better formulated as "medical thermometry", and deal with the practices of temperature measurement, rather than repeating the basics of thermometers? Chemical Engineer (talk) 16:27, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

Digital thermometers[edit]

How do they measure temperature? Just saying they are digital doesn't tell us much.Eperotao (talk) 19:07, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

Most digital thermometers use a thermocouple. (talk) 05:13, 27 June 2011 (UTC)


There is plagiarism from this page:

OR, another possibility is that the above site plagiarized from wikipedia. If that's the case, then whoever wrote the bit for wikipedia used his own research without sources and made a typo of some sort.

Try googling "propeItalic textrly" - an obvious typo found on that site and copied to wikipedia. When I did the search, I came up with another site, but the cached version from google had a link to the site referenced above. That site is not on google, perhaps because it is not a quality site. (talk) 04:59, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

The above two paragraphs moved from "Talk:Basal body temperature" by poster66.189.179.179 (talk) 05:13, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

Sorry for the stream of edits. I had meant to add that it seems like reference.findtarget is a copy of wikipedia. This is just adding to what I had said earlier. They seem to have all the same links to pages and sometimes formatting will be broken. (talk) 05:29, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

No doubt you're right. Probably one of the many sites that mirrors or forks Wikipedia content. The original version usually turns out to have been the Wikipedian version (the original and best, as the cereal company used to say!). — ¾-10 21:41, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

How long to keep the thermometer for taking a measurement?[edit]

The article mentions, "To use the thermometer, the bulb is placed in the location where the temperature is to be measured and left long enough to be certain to reach thermal equilibrium—typically three minutes" under the heading 'Liquid-filled'.But there is no reference for this three minutes recommendation.

I came across a one full minute recommendation for a 'half-minute' thermometer in Hutchison's clinical methods. Does that help? Any further recommendations? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ktp.kti (talkcontribs) 09:40, 10 May 2012 (UTC)