Study Suggests Average Body Temp is Not 98.6 Degrees

October 17, 2023
Woman checking young girl's temperature

Most people, including many doctors, still think that everyone’s normal temperature is 98.6 F. In fact, what’s normal depends on the person and the situation, and it’s rarely as high as 98.6 F.

Julie Parsonnet, MD, senior author of a recent study suggesting there is no “normal” body temperature.

The standard of 98.6 F was established after a German physician reportedly took more than a million temperature measurements from 25,000 people more than 150 years ago. However, the recent Stanford Medicine study evaluated temperatures of 126,000+ people, finding the average temperature to be closer to 97.9 F.  

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The Average Human Body Temperature Is Not 98.6 Degrees (The New York Times)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas