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Karl Marx and Hidradenitis Suppurativa (Verneuil’s disease)


  • Karl Marx (1818-1883) is a socialist philosopher of the 19th century who is the father of modern communism (Marxism-Leninism)…and authored the Communist Manifesto (with F.Engels), one of the most important documents of the 19th century.
  • Many countries had adopted this state mode of functioning and it counter-balanced capitalism.
  • Marx had Hidradenitis Suppurativa (Verneuil’s disease) and the following aggravated factors can be implied:
    • he was overweight and clearly frictional factors as well as unknown ones can aggravate the condition
    • he was a heavy smoker and we personally find it difficult to recall of a patient who has hidradenitis suppurativa who didn’t smoke !
  • A study in the British Journal of Dermatology actually suggests in which way Marx was influenced by his disease in his way of thinking: CLICK HERE
    • he lived a miserable life and his painful boils reduced his ability to work. When severe it resulted in joint and eye pain
    • he had low self-esteem and was a social « leper »
    • critics of his work show that he was rather unscientific, unpractical and claiming logics by deducting that causes lead to negative effects. Indeed Lenin (VI Oulianov), had to put his ideas into practice.


Dr Christophe HSU – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland

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