Lymphatic System

Lymphatic Vessels and Organs

Who first described Hodgkin’s disease?

Hodgkin’s disease was first described by the British physician Dr. Thomas Hodgkin (1798–1866) in 1832 in his paper “On Some Morbid Appearances of the Absorbent Glands and Spleen,” published in London’s Medico-Chirurgical Trans actions. It was not until 1865 that another British physician, Dr. Samuel Wilks (1824–1911), named the medical condition Hodgkin’s disease. Although Wilks described the same disease independently, he became familiar with the earlier work of Hodgkin and named the disease after him in a paper entitled “Cases of Enlargement of the Lymphatic Glands and Spleen, (or, Hodgkin’s Disease) with Remarks.”


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