The racial and national distribution of Kaposi's sarcoma has received much attention in previous articles. In 1932 Dörffel1 collected 365 cases from the literature and added 16 of his own. The various nationalities or races were represented as follows: Italians, 111; Russians, 50; Jews, 48; Poles, 22; Americans, 13; Austrians, 12; Germans, 8, and Scandinavians, 1. The remaining cases were unclassified because data were lacking. Dörffel's conclusion was that neither race nor nationality plays an important rôle as a predisposing factor. Kren2 agreed with Dörffel as to the racial variation of this disease; however, neither investigator mentioned the Negro race.
Since Dörffel's report, in 1932, I have found reports of cases in the following races or nationalities: Jews, 5; Italians, 4; Greeks, 2, and Germans, Irish-English and Armenians, 1 each.
In 1931 Pardo-Castello3 reported a case in a full-blooded Negro, and in February 1932 Andrews4 presented
ELLIS FA. MULTIPLE IDIOPATHIC HEMORRHAGIC SARCOMA OF KAPOSI: REPORT OF A CASE IN AN AMERICAN NEGRO. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(5):706–708. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460170098012
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