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Tomisaku Kawasaki
Tomisaku Kawasaki (centre right) at the 8th International Kawasaki Disease Symposium, 2005

Tomisaku Kawasaki ( , Kawasaki Tomisaku, born February 7, 1925) is a Japanese pediatrician.[1]

Kawasaki disease

Kawasaki first observed the condition now known after him as Kawasaki disease in 1960.[2] He published a description in Japanese in 1967, and a description in English in 1974.[3][4][5]


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.[6]


  1. ^ doctor/3259 at Who Named It?
  2. ^ "Puzzling Peril for the Young". TIME Magazine. U.S. Edition. 116 (8). August 25, 1980. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Kawasaki Disease: Overview - eMedicine". Retrieved .
  4. ^ Kawasaki T (March 1967). "[Acute febrile mucocutaneous syndrome with lymphoid involvement with specific desquamation of the fingers and toes in children]". Arerugi (in Japanese). 16 (3): 178-222. PMID 6062087.
  5. ^ Kawasaki T, Kosaki F, Okawa S, Shigematsu I, Yanagawa H (September 1974). "A new infantile acute febrile mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome (MLNS) prevailing in Japan". Pediatrics. 54 (3): 271-6. PMID 4153258.
  6. ^ "Clinicians' Battles, Doctors whose names are found in the disease, (2000), edit. Itakura E. Medical Sense, Tokyo, in Japanese

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