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  • n. The therapeutic use of fever (high body temperature)


From pyro- +‎ therapy (Wiktionary)


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  • Seen in the Wikipedia article on syphilis: "Thus, for a brief time malaria was used as treatment for tertiary syphilis because it produced prolonged and high fevers (a form of pyrotherapy). This was considered an acceptable risk because the malaria could later be treated with quinine which was available at that time."

    April 6, 2009