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Sarcoidosis has been known for fifty years but has attracted much more attention in the past ten years. The literature consisted largely of isolated articles until Kissmeyer in 1932 published the first monograph on the subject. This was followed by a comprehensive report by Pautrier in 1940.
Leitner published the first edition of his book in 1942. It was an admirable collection of the known facts about sarcoidosis. He proposed the name "chronic epithelioid-celled reticuloendotheliosis or granuloma," basing this title on the well known and consistent histologic picture of lesions regardless of the tissue involved. In the present edition he has brought the literature up to date and added the follow-up observations which he has made on his rather extensive material. This reviewer has stated before that physicians engaged in the study of tuberculosis were best able to evaluate sarcoidosis. Leitner, as chief of the noted Bernese
Der Morbus Besnier-Boeck-Schaumann: Chronische epitheloidzellige Retikuloendotheliose oder Granulomatose. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(1):173. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archderm.1950.01530080179031
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