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September 14, 1912


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Medicine, Johns Hopkins University BALTIMORE

From the Medical Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(11):869-871. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090113014

In view of the wide-spread interest in the so-called septic sore throat prevailing in epidemics in various centers of the country, and in view of the fact that a diversity of opinion seems to exist as to the bacterium causing the infection, some describing the organism as a pneumococcus, others as a "peculiar streptococcus," it seemed important to record the morphologic and cultural characteristics of the organism isolated during the recent epidemic in Baltimore.

Outbreaks of sore throat attributed to milk and cream have been reported in England since 1881, of which a good résumé is given by Swithbank and Newman,1 who conclude: "We think it safe to assume that a year never goes by in which there are not outbreaks of sore throat or tonsillitis due to cream or milk." In this country, however, only a few epidemics have been reported.

As the symptoms and complications have been