Marx’s skin problems – The Globe and Mail

Karl Marx, often called the father of communism, suffered from a chronic and debilitating skin disease that is known to have profound psychological effects, a British dermatologist says.

In an article for the British Journal of Dermatology, Sam Shuster says the philosopher and revolutionary – who often complained of excruciating boils – actually suffered from hidradenitis suppurativa, which could have had a major effect on his psychological wellbeing and his writing.

The disease affects the apocrine sweat glands – found mainly in the armpits and groin – which become blocked and inflamed. Infected fluid is released under the skin and onto the skin surface and causes lumps and abscesses.

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