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Walter H. C. Burgdorf, MD1; David R. Bickers, MD2; Leonard J. Hoenig, MD3
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2Columbia University, New York, New York
3private practice, Pembroke Pines, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(4):365. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.9136.
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Brünauer-Fuhs-Siemens syndrome, or keratosis palmoplantaris striata type 1 (OMIM 148700), is caused by mutations in desmoglein 1. Between 1924 and 1929, 3 German-speaking dermatologists described this disease.13 While their names are always grouped together in this eponym, it is difficult to imagine a more unlikely trio.

Stefan Brünauer (1887-1968), later known as Stephan Brunauer, was a Viennese Jew who was on the university faculty in Vienna until the Anschluss in 1938. His main interest was metabolic skin diseases. Brünauer emigrated from Austria after the Nazi takeover, worked in London until 1947, then moved to Chicago, and finally settled in New York City around 1950. He was a clinical faculty member in dermatology at New York University and had a private practice. Together with Marion B. Sulzberger and Cyril March, he wrote the chapter on Sulzberger-Garbe disease in the Ernganzungswerk to Jadassohn’s Handbuch in 1965.

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