SINCE Boeck1 in 1899 first described the skin lesions that have since come to bear his name, a large number of accounts of the disease have appeared in the literature.
The disease is known by a variety of names, of which sarcoidosis, benign lymphogranulomatosis, and Besnier-Boeck-Schaumann disease are the commonest. The condition described by Heerfordt2 under the title of "febris uveo-parotidea subchronica," later known as Heerfordt's syndrome, has now come to be recognized as a special manifestation of the same disease.
The early history of the disease has been fully reviewed by Hunter,3 Pautrier,4 Gravesen,5 Leitner,6 and others. Although Boeck was the first to describe the histological characteristics of the skin lesions, Hutchinson (cited by Hunter3) had already published a clinical description of such a case in 1875 and of two others in 1898. It was Schaumann,7 however, in 1914, who first
OLLE HÖÖK. SARCOIDOSIS WITH INVOLVEMENT OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEMReport of Nine Cases. AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1954;71(5):554–575. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1954.02320410016002