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June 25, 1932

La maladie de Boeck: Sarcoïdes cutanées bénignes multiples.

JAMA. 1932;98(26):2309. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730520051027

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This is a monograph of real value, covering a phase of cutaneous medicine which has caused a great deal of discussion among dermatologists. In the preface, Darier highly congratulates the author on his work but shrewdly urges further research before entirely discarding the theory of a tuberculous causation. The introduction presents the historical background of the controversy over sarcoids. Following this is a clinical and histologic description of the various types of cutaneous sarcoid and of the involvement of the eye, mucous membranes, lymph nodes, lungs, muscles, internal organs and the bones. Special emphasis is placed on lung involvement. The chapter on etiology and pathogenesis discusses the theory of a tuberculous etiology of sarcoids from every possible angle, with the conclusion that the disease is not caused by the bacillus of Koch. The author compares the histologic appearance of sarcoid with that of leprosy, especially as it occurs in the

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