A brief history of rectal temperatures

Because someone had to write it.

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The lowly rectal temperature.

It’s been a dreaded component of medical encounters, a new parent’s worst nightmare and the inspiration (don’t say butt … don’t say butt…) for countless stand-up comedy routines. Historically it doesn’t appear to date as far back as one would imagine. After all, the first mercury thermometers were a foot long…