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Original description of Kaposi's sarcoma

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6939.1303b (Published 14 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1303
  1. L Breimer
  1. Department of Chemical Pathology and Human Metabolism, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2PF.

    EDITOR, - Kaposi's original description of a new skin tumour, which now bears his name,1 is remarkably similar to Jonathan Weber's reminiscence.2 Kaposi was an internationally respected dermatologist, recognised for his keen eye and careful observations; he is credited with the first description of xeroderma pigmentosum.3 He reported on five patients, all men, from the corners of the Habsburg empire, and also on a Swiss boy.1 He made no comments about their sexual orientation.

    In his paper Kaposi repeatedly emphasised that this new disease …

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