Regardless of how unfortunate the term sarcoid may be, since it has been used in medical literature for the last forty-nine years, it is probably here to stay. The controversy as to the cause of sarcoid and sarcoidosis is still lively, and an attempt to introduce new names only helps to add to the confusion of dermatologic nomenclature.
Recently Hunter,1 in an interesting historical study, maintained that the cases described by Hutchinson2 sixty-seven years ago were cases of sarcoid and suggested "Hutchinson-Boeck disease" as the proper name for the disease. Hutchinson's cases may have been instances of sarcoid, but this appears doubtful from the chromolithographs and the clinical description. The chromolithograph of the year 1875 is good for that time but needs clinical-historical interpretation in the light of the present time. From a dermatologic point of view the diagnosis of the lesion on the dorsum of the hand
RONCHESE F. SARCOID AND TUBERCULOSISREPORT OF A CASE WITH AUTOPSY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;46(6):860–871. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500180082013
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