Kawasaki, Tomisaku

Kawasaki, Tomisaku, 1925–2020, Japanese pediatrician. He joined (1950–90) what is now the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center, Tokyo, and became director of pediatrics there in 1973. In 1961 he encountered a a previously undescribed childhood inflammatory disease he called mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, and after documenting 50 cases, he published (1967) a study describing the disease, now known as Kawasaki disease. He later founded and was director (1990–2019) of the Japan Kawasaki Disease Research Center.

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