The first description of Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) occurred when Thomas Hodgkin described the clinical history and postmortem findings of seven patients who developed a massive enlargement of lymph nodes and spleen.1 Hodgkin was not formally credited with this discovery, however, until 1865 when Sir Samuel Wilkes published a paper entitled "Cases of enlargement of lymph glands and spleen (or Hodgkin's lymphoma), with remarks."2 Drs Carl Sternberg and Dorothy Reed are credited with the first definitive microscopic descriptions of HL.34

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