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June 2015

Moritz Kaposi

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(6):622. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.106

Moritz Kohn was born in Kaposvar, Hungary, in 1837, to an economically distressed Jewish family. In later years, he took the surname of Kaposi, a play on the name of his birth place.1 Kaposi attended University of Vienna and received his medical degree in 1861. A student and assistant of Ferdinand von Hebra, he and his mentor together authored Textbook of Skin Diseases (1878). In 1875, Kaposi became a professor at the University, and made an important contribution toward the literature of dermatology with the publication of Pathology and Therapy of the Skin Diseases in Lectures for Practical Physicians and Students (1880). Following the death of his mentor, Kaposi became the chairman of the Vienna School of Dermatology. Well-spoken and multilingual, his lectures drew students from diverse backgrounds and national origins.

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