Mucormycosis historical perspective
Mucormycosis in humans was was first reported in 1885 by a German pathologoist named Paltauf. The disease named “mucormycosis” was subsequently used by an American pathologist R. D. Baker to denote a mycosis caused by some members of Mucorales.
- In 1885, German pathologist Paltauf, reported the first case of mucormycosis in humans and later published a case of upper airway mucormycosis, entitled: “mucormycosis mucorina” in the Virchows archives of pathology and anatomy.
- In 1943, Gregory et al described the first case of of rhino-orbital cerebral mucormycosis associated with diabetes. Harris in 1955 reported the first known survivor.
- The term “mucormycosis” was coined by an American pathologist R. D. Baker.
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