Merkel cell cancer historical perspective

Jump to navigation Jump to search

Merkel cell cancer Microchapters


Patient Information


Historical Perspective




Differentiating Merkel Cell Cancer from other Diseases

Epidemiology and Demographics

Risk Factors


Natural History, Complications and Prognosis



History and Symptoms

Physical Examination

Laboratory Findings


Other Imaging Findings

Other Diagnostic Studies


Medical Therapy


Primary Prevention

Secondary Prevention

Cost-Effectiveness of Therapy

Future or Investigational Therapies

Case Studies

Case #1

Merkel cell cancer historical perspective On the Web

Most recent articles

Most cited articles

Review articles

CME Programs

Powerpoint slides


American Roentgen Ray Society Images of Merkel cell cancer historical perspective

All Images
Echo and Ultrasound
CT Images

Ongoing Trials at Clinical

US National Guidelines Clearinghouse

NICE Guidance

FDA on Merkel cell cancer historical perspective

CDC on Merkel cell cancer historical perspective

Merkel cell cancer historical perspective in the news

Blogs on Merkel cell cancer historical perspective

Directions to Hospitals Treating Merkel cell cancer

Risk calculators and risk factors for Merkel cell cancer historical perspective

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Vamsikrishna Gunnam M.B.B.S [2] Ahmad Al Maradni, M.D. [3]


Merkel cell was first discovered by Freidrich Sigmund Merkel and also mentioned by Cyril Toker, in 1972.

Historical Perspective


  • Merkel cell was first discovered by Freidrich Sigmund Merkel, a German histopathologist, in 1875.[1][2]
  • Merkel cell carcinoma was first discovered by Cyril Toker, in 1972.[3]
Friedrich Merkel
Freidrich Sigmund Merkel - By Peter Matzen - Voit Collection, Public Domain,

Famous Cases

  • Avigdor Arikha – Paris-based painter and art historian
  • David Brudnoy – Boston talk radio host
  • Stan Collender - Executive vice president at MSLGROUP, a global communications agency.
  • Al Copeland – New Orleans entrepreneur, powerboat racer.
  • Al Davis – Principal owner of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League.
  • Ed Derwinski – U.S. Representative from Illinois and 1st United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs|Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  • Leonard Hirshan – longtime manager of Clint Eastwood who also counted Edward G. Robinson, Greer Garson, Sophia Loren, Angela Lansbury, Sammy Davis Jr. and Bruce Beresford among his clients over the course of his six-decade career as an agent and manager, died January 31, 2014 in Beverly Hills of Merkel-cell carcinoma.
  • Max Perutz – Nobel Prize–winning chemist
  • Lindsay Thompson – Former Premier of Victoria, Australia
  • Edward Utley – President of Geico
  • Joe Zawinul – Jazz-fusion pioneer
  • John Fitch – Famous race car driver and road safety pioneer
  • Carl Mundy – 30th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • Geoffrey Penwill Parsons AO OBE (15 June 1929 – 26 January 1995), the Australian accompanist to singers and instrumentalists, considered one of the world's finest and most sympathetic accompanist of lieder singers.


  1. Spurgeon ME, Lambert PF (2013). "Merkel cell polyomavirus: a newly discovered human virus with oncogenic potential". Virology. 435 (1): 118–30. doi:10.1016/j.virol.2012.09.029. PMC 3522868. PMID 23217622.
  2. Halata Z, Grim M, Bauman KI (March 2003). "Friedrich Sigmund Merkel and his "Merkel cell", morphology, development, and physiology: review and new results". Anat Rec A Discov Mol Cell Evol Biol. 271 (1): 225–39. doi:10.1002/ar.a.10029. PMID 12552639.
  3. Koljonen V (February 2006). "Merkel cell carcinoma". World J Surg Oncol. 4: 7. doi:10.1186/1477-7819-4-7. PMC 1382229. PMID 16466578.

Template:WikiDoc Sources