Masahiro Kikuchi

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 11 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f3524
  1. Nayef M Aqel, Koichi Ohshima

Masahiro Kikuchi was born Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan, to a humble family. He studied medicine at Kyushu University. After graduating he trained in internal medicine for two years before moving to work in the pathology department at the School of Medicine, Kyushu University, in Fukuoka city, where he trained in general histopathology and haematopathology under Michio Hashimoto. In 1966, he joined the world renowned lymphoma practice of the late professor Karl Lennert at Kiel University, Germany, where he learnt lymph node and bone marrow pathology. In 1973 he was appointed professor of pathology at the medical school of Fukuoka University. There he spent the following 39 years devoting his career to haematopathology.

Kikuchi published a landmark, single author article entitled “Lymphadenitis showing focal reticulum cell hyperplasia with nuclear debris and phagocytosis,” which appeared in Acta Haematologica Japonica in 1972. The precise title of his article …

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