In a recent review on pathologic fungi1 it is pointed out that there is at present a growing tendency to give increased attention to the etiologic relationship of such organisms to disease particularly of the ear, nose, throat and lower respiratory system. The author states that in the routine of a private practice he has observed seventeen patients with verified fungous infection of the ear, nose, throat and respiratory tract during the past twelve months. Vigilance is required, therefore, on the part of practicing physicians for the detection of patients affected by such infestations.
Clinical reports relating certain species of fungi to disease are numerous. The yeastlike fungus Monilia, for example, is known to produce a group of conditions, known as moniliasis, involving the skin, mucous membranes and viscera. This type of fungus produces distinct lesions of the oral and pharyngeal cavities (thrush) and even of the bronchopulmonary system.