Ranking task
Look at the picture with four different curves. Which description best fits each curve? Rank answers here where the top is number 1, the bottom is the number 4.



  • Intermittent pyrexia is when the body temperature alternates between being high and low. At some pyrexial conditions, the temperature may be normal between each peak.
  • Remittent pyrexia is when there are marked fluctuations in body temperature during a 24 hour period, which is commonly seen during viral infections.
  • Persistent pyrexia: is when the body temperature remains high for several days. Hourly variations are marginal or absent.
  • Chills: is when the patient is shivering uncontrollably and his/her teeth are chattering with cold because the body temperature increases rapidly.