From time to time, epidemics of septic sore throat appear. In England, for fifty years, occasional outbreaks, evidently related in a causal way to the milk supply have been reported. In this country, beginning in 1911 with the Boston epidemic, outbreaks were first recognized.1 For a few years it was uncertain how frequent they were, since the disease then presented itself as a new problem. At that time, too, the question was freely discussed as to whether it was a disease easily controlled or one that might become increasingly prevalent.
Since that time, or approximately during the last fifteen years, only a few outbreaks have appeared. It is felt, therefore, that such epidemics are and probably always have been rare and that so far as can be determined from past experience there is no reason to think that in the future such outbreaks will be more numerous than in