Last weekend, I attended the “Triangle Skinsational Sip”, a social event and fundraiser for FIRST, the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The fundraiser was hosted by the Clemmer and Hedley families. The Hedleys’ teenage son is affected with KID Syndrome, and Ellen Clemmer and two of her three brothers [...]
We’ve always been curious about ichthyosis in history, and researching that topic has been one of my ongoing projects. Yeah, I know, I’m a bit of a nerd that way, but if I wasn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this, would you?
I started off my search in thinking about the story of Jesus healing the [...]
About a month ago, I started writing here about my exploration of ichthyosis throughout history, with a discussion about the description of ichthyosis in some 19th-century textbooks. But while doing other research I’ve found many other mentions of ichthyosis outside of old dermatology texts, including, believe it or not, in Wagner’s operas and in one [...]
In my ongoing quest for ichthyosis in history, I came across old dermatology texts from 1874 and 1895, co-written by Doctors Ferdinand Hebra and Moriz Kaposi. (Today, Kaposi might be best-known for first describing a type of skin cancer modern medicine calls “Kaposi’s sarcoma”.) These old texts were really fascinating to me, in a rubbernecking, [...]