On being a pathologist: Maria Dąbska--the woman behind the eponym, a pioneer in pathology

Hum Pathol. 2011 Jul;42(7):913-7. doi: 10.1016/j.humpath.2011.04.006.


There is only one cancer to our knowledge named in honor of its female describer, the Dąbska tumor. Maria Dąbska was a brave hero of the Warsaw Resurrection of 1944 who survived deportation to Germany to graduate from medical school in Gdańsk and pursue a career in pathology, for which her research on the Dąbska tumor, breast cancer, sweat gland tumors, keratoacanthoma, soft tissue sarcomas, bone pathology, parachordoma, melanoma, and other entities remains salient. Working behind the Iron Curtain, she nevertheless achieved international recognition, yet few today are cognizant of her and her accomplishments. This vibrant distinguished professor is celebrating her 90th birthday.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Germany
  • History, 20th Century
  • Pathology / history*
  • Physicians

Personal name as subject

  • Maria Dabska