Merkel cell is named after Friedrich Sigmund Merkel
Dr Sampurna Roy MD
Friedrich Sigmund Merkel - A German anatomist and histopathologist who first described the so-called Tastzellen or touch cells in the skin.
Merkel cell carcinoma was first described by Cyril Toker in 1972.
Reference: Erovic I, Erovic BM. Merkel Cell Carcinoma: The Past, the Present, and the Future. Journal of Skin Cancer. 2013;2013:929364. doi:10.1155/2013/929364.
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