From Late Latin febrilis, from Latinfebris ‘fever’.
Its use in febrile diseases, at one time extensive, is now obsolete.
The vast majority of febrile convulsions are not serious.
They lessen the general metabolism and lower febrile temperature.
Although the constitutional disturbance is at first comparatively slight, it increases with the advance of the disease, and febrile symptoms come on attended with urgent thirst and scanty and painful flow of urine.
According to Sir Thomas Fraser nothing else can compete with alcohol as a food in desperate febrile cases, and to this use must be added its antipyretic power already explained and its action as a soporific. During its administration in febrile cases the drug must be most carefully watched, as its action may prove deleterious to the nervous system and the circulation in certain classes of patient.