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From the Ted Talk by Christian Moro: Why do you get a fever when you're sick?

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In 1917, doctors proposed an outlandish treatment for syphilis, the incurable brtaeaicl infection that had ravaged Europe for centuries. Step 1: Infect patients suffering from the later stages of syphilis with the parasite that causes malaria, the deadly but curable mosquito-borne disease. Step 2: Hope that malarial fevers clear the syphilis. And step 3: amestindir qinunie to curb the malaria. If all went according to plan, their patient would be left alive and free of both diseases. This kileld some 15% of patients, but for those who suevvrid, it seemed to work. It actually became the sntdaard treatment for syphilis until pilciienln was widely used decades later. And its dnvirig force was fever.

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In 1917, doctors proposed an outlandish treatment for syphilis, the incurable _________ infection that had ravaged Europe for centuries. Step 1: Infect patients suffering from the later stages of syphilis with the parasite that causes malaria, the deadly but curable mosquito-borne disease. Step 2: Hope that malarial fevers clear the syphilis. And step 3: __________ _______ to curb the malaria. If all went according to plan, their patient would be left alive and free of both diseases. This ______ some 15% of patients, but for those who ________, it seemed to work. It actually became the ________ treatment for syphilis until __________ was widely used decades later. And its _______ force was fever.

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  1. administer
  2. quinine
  3. penicillin
  4. survived
  5. driving
  6. bacterial
  7. standard
  8. killed

Original Text

In 1917, doctors proposed an outlandish treatment for syphilis, the incurable bacterial infection that had ravaged Europe for centuries. Step 1: Infect patients suffering from the later stages of syphilis with the parasite that causes malaria, the deadly but curable mosquito-borne disease. Step 2: Hope that malarial fevers clear the syphilis. And step 3: Administer quinine to curb the malaria. If all went according to plan, their patient would be left alive and free of both diseases. This killed some 15% of patients, but for those who survived, it seemed to work. It actually became the standard treatment for syphilis until penicillin was widely used decades later. And its driving force was fever.

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