Original description of Kaposi's sarcomaBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6939.1303b (Published 14 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1303
- L Breimer
- 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 …