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Mortimer's disease

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A skin disease characterized by multiple, raised, dusky-red patches that spread slowly in an almost ymmmetrical pattern. The absence of ulcers and of crust distinguish this entity from lupus vulgaris. The disease was originally described by Jonathan Hutchinson (1828-1913) and named for his patient, Mrs. Mortimer.

Mrs. Mortimer was Jonathan Hutchinson’s patient, and this term has been used as a synonym for Boeck's sarcoid.

See also Boeck's sarcoid, under Cæsar Peter Møller Boeck, Norwegian dermatologist, 1845-1917, and Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, English surgeon and pathologist, 1828-1913.


  • J. Hutchinson:
    Cases of Mortimer’s malady (lupus vulgaris multiplex non-ulcerans et non-serpiginosus).
    Archives of Surgery, London, 1898, 9: 307-314.

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