On this day in 1664, Samuel Pepys’ brother Tom died. The diary entry describing his death is here:
The doctor who was brought in says that Tom was suffering from a case of smallpox that had gone untreated. The other people present, including Samuel, say that he doesn’t have a single mark on him except for an ulcer in his mouth. Tom apparently died from asphyxiation, his throat being so full of “phlegm and stuff” that he couldn’t breathe.
Was the doctor right, and Tom died of some kind of strange smallpox side-effect, or is there another likely diagnosis?