MULTIPLE with characteristic cutaneous lesions and, occasionally, widespread internal involvement. It was first described by Kaposi in 1872, and, although the disease is relatively rare, the literature on the subject has been copious. Kren1 wrote a 113 page monograph with 10 pages of references, and twenty-four synonyms have been listed for the disease. In 1932, Dörfell2 searched the literature and found reports of 356 bona fide cases, of which only 21 had occurred in females. Choisser and Ramsey,3 in 1939, stated that 600 cases had been reported since 1872. Persons of Jewish extraction are particularly though not exclusively affected, and most patients come from Russia, Poland, or Italy and are of the laboring class. Lowenthal,4 in 1938, recorded a case in a fullblooded Negro and stated that only 3 similar cases had been reported previously; Persky and Lisa5 reported another in 1944.
The disease generally