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April 17, 1948

SARCOIDOSIS: A Review and an Appraisal

Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Minnesota, H E. Michelson, M.D., Director.

JAMA. 1948;136(16):1034-1039. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890330024007

The purpose of this paper is to assemble, to evaluate and if possible to add to the known facts about the condition for which I prefer the term sarcoidosis. The disease has been recognized for about half a century, and although many observers and investigators have contributed their findings Boeck's name will remain most prominent in the minds of students of this interesting disease. Hutchinson, Besnier, Schaumann, Darier and Pautrier have all made contributions, and in more recent years Leitner1 and Coste2 have helped to clarify the diverse collection of biologic and clinical findings which constitute sarcoidosis and have collected in their writings the best of the investigations and discussions anent the etiology, morphology and course of this disease.

I believe that for the present the name sarcoidosis is preferable, because it implies a wider distribution than sarcoid and emphasizes systemic involvement. Furthermore, the employment of men's names