Fever is the most common symptom faced in routine practice. Fever is body’s response to tissue damage resulting from not only infections but also from non-infective causes such as malignancy and autoimmune disorders. Such a response is beneficial as it is intended to control and repair the damage. So fever need not be totally suppressed but more important is to treat the cause. Finding cause of fever is a challenge especially in first two days but even beyond. Physicians are worried about missing an underlying severe disease and it results in irrational prescription of tests and drugs. Such actions without proper diagnosis can be dangerous and so must be avoided. This chapter offers simple practical tips to deal with this problem.
Dr Yeshwant Amdekar is one of the senior most practicing pediatricians in India having been in paediatric practice for last 47 years. He served as a teacher at Grant Medical College for 30 years and retired as a professor of Pediatrics in the year 2000. He has taught an entire generation of paediatricians and continues to do so even today.
He is presently Medical Director of the B.J.Wadia Hospital for children which is Mumbai's only dedicated and largest children's hospital. He was President of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics in the year 1995 and has served the academy in various positions. He has also authored four books and has contributed articles in indexed journals and chapters in textbooks. He has been a recipient of many prestigious orations.
Dr Amdekar has been a great source of encouragement to young paediatricians as well as development of paediatric sub-specialities including paediatric hepatology.