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Japanese Pediatrician Who Discovered Kawasaki Disease Dies at 95

Japanese pediatrician Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki died at the age of 95, according to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation, on June 5. Kawasaki discovered a rare multisystem inflammatory blood disorder that affects children — now called Kawasaki disease. “Dr.

Kawasaki was a pioneer who inspired so many to collaborate across the globe for a common cause,” the Kawasaki Disease Foundation wrote on its website, adding: According to the Japan Times, Kawasaki first recognized the condition that was named after him in 1961.

He treated several children, most under the age of 5, who presented with high fevers, skin rashes, pink eye, and a swollen, bumpy tongue.

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