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October 1982

Commentary: What Begot Boeck?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(10):721-722. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650220025004
Abstract

Discovery is a marvelous and difficult thing, and, the more important the discovery, the more difficult it is to achieve. Like a perfect diamond, it sparkles and shines at every facet of view. This centennial issue offers a chance to review the classic description of sarcoidosis first published in English by Caesar Boeck in the most ancestral forerunner of the Archives—the Journal of Cutaneous and Genito-Urinary Diseases.1 Let us gaze on that crystal of discovery once more. The historic facts are clear, well described, and fully codified.2-4

During the golden age of clinical description of disease, the English giant, Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, probably encountered the first patient with sarcoidosis. He followed up the condition of a young girl named Mabey who had "dusky digits, tumid ears, an iritis and destructive arthritis," for a decade (1865 through 1875) and reported the case as "relapsing iritis of inherited gout"

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