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April 1937

BESNIER-BOECK'S DISEASEREPORT OF TWO CASES OF EXTENSIVE INVOLVEMENT

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;35(4):663-684. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01470220103009
Abstract

The subject of sarcoid and sarcoid-like tumors has held considerable interest for the dermatologist since Boeck 1 gave his original description of cutaneous sarcoid. The term sarcoid has been rather loosely applied to a number of chronic granulomatous, cutaneous and subcutaneous tumors of diverse etiology. Generally speaking, there are two main types of lesion described under the term sarcoid: (1) cutaneous tumors corresponding to those described by Boeck as multiple benign sarcoid and by Besnier 2 and Tenneson 3 as lupus pernio, and (2) subcutaneous tumors described by Darier and Roussy.4

Some authors (Goeckerman,5 Maloney, Combes6 and others) expressed the belief that a sharp line of differentiation should not be drawn between the two types of lesions. Goeckerman accepted the unity of cutaneous and subcutaneous sarcoids, basing his theory on similarities of histologic structure and on the belief in a common tuber

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