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Kawasaki completed his M.D. from the School of Medicine, Chiba University in 1948. After his discovery of Kawasaki disease, he established the "Japan Kawasaki Disease Research Center" in 1990 and later a non-profit organization "Japan Disease Research Center". No cure for the disease has yet been identified.
It was in January 1961 that I encountered a child patient, aged 4 years and 3 months, who was to become the first known case of Kawasaki disease. Fifty years have elapsed since then. At the time, I had no choice but to discharge the patient as "diagnosis unknown." Fortunately, the child suffered no sequelae, and is currently enjoying a full and active life as an adult. Since then the incidence of Kawasaki disease has continued to grow. Why? Why can't we stop this disease? The reason, unfortunately, is that its cause is not known. At the time I first described the disease, I felt that we were on the threshold of discovering its cause, since its symptoms were extremely clear-cut. Despite the efforts of numerous researchers, however, we are still searching. It is my strong hope that young researchers will be able to identify the root cause of this disease.
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