In April 1939 there came under my care a patient whose nose, pharynx, soft palate and tongue were infected with pneumococci of type III and whose condition was complicated by the presence of pneumonia and nephritis. Six months later I treated a second patient for a like infection of the pharynx and the soft palate, whose condition was also complicated by pneumonia. The unusual nature of the illnesses of these patients prompted me to record my observations of the 2 cases, for during eighteen years of practice I had seen nothing like them.
The average textbook of the ear, nose and throat and the textbooks of pathology merely mention that nasal infections and infections of the throat can be caused by pneumococci. No description is given of the appearance of the throat or the nose, nor is treatment outlined. There is likewise a dearth of articles on this subject in