During the holidays, my mother became febrile; not only was she feverish, but was also filled with nervous and hectic energy. She never stopped moving, despite running a temperature; instead of resting, she went from one preparation to the next in a constant blur of febrile, feverish activity. When I offered to do some of the holiday cooking, she turned down my help and continued to scurry about the house in a highly excited, nervous, and febrile effort to make everything perfect. Unfortunately, the activity became too much for her, which caused her febrile temperature to peak at 105.
Quiz: In which of the following would you most likely read about a febrile person?
- A medical journal describing common symptoms of the flu.
- An epic poem about a well-known hero of ancient Greece.
- A speech revealing the little-known flaws of a beloved historic figure.