To The Editor:
De Amicis,1 in a paper on Kaposi's sarcoma read in Moscow in 1897 said: In den nördlichen Provinzen Italiens ist sie sehr häufig (In the Northern Provinces of Italy it is very frequent).A few months before, De Amicis2 spoke on the same topic before the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Naples. The frequency of the disease in the Northern Provinces of Italy was not mentioned.De Amicis' statement1 was picked up by Dörfell3 and repeated by Mackee and Cipollaro,4 Grinspan,5 Kaminer and Murray,6 Grandbois and Gaumond7 Bluefarb,8 Oettle,9 Binkley,10 Rajka,11 and probably others, outside Italy and France.Oettle9 enlarges De Amicis' statement and calls the Northern Italians "susceptible" to the disease.The air-distance from the northern border of Italy to the southern end of the peninsula is about the same as
Ronchese F. KAPOSI'S SARCOMA AND NORTHERN ITALY: A 68-YEAR-OLD ERROR CONTINUES TO BE REPEATED. Arch Dermatol. 1966;93(1):148. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600190154035
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