Gaspar Casal

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Gaspar Casal (1681–1759) was a Spanish physician remembered for describing the Casal collar in pellagra.


Gaspar Casal practised in Oviedo from 1720 to 1751, at which time he moved to Madrid as King Ferdinand's physician.[1] He described pellagra in a book published in 1762, calling it mal de la rose due to the red rash seen on the hands and feet of sufferers.[2]


  1. ^ Barry G. Firkin, Judith A. Whitworth. Dictionary of Medical Eponyms. Informa Health Care, 2001, page 60. ISBN 978-1-85070-333-4.
  2. ^ Vladimir Hegyi. Pellagra. on Medscape. Accessed on 22 March 2009.