The growths on Muhammad Taluli's hands were from a severe case of a rare condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis — sometimes called "tree man" disease because the tumors can resemble wood or bark. Hadassah hide caption toggle caption Hadassah Goats and Soda Rare Skin Disease Ruined Gaza Man's Life — Until Israeli Doctors Stepped In September 1, 2017 He was in pain. He could not work. He was ashamed. He'd been told there was no treatment. Then he went to Hadassah Medical Center.