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January 1993

Behçet's Disease: Basic and Clinical Aspects

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1993;50(1):11-12. doi:10.1001/archneur.1993.00540010007003

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While a house officer in Boston, Mass, I first heard a story, possibly apocryphal, that I always recall when Behçet's disease is mentioned. A disciple of Behçet was visiting Boston and was taken to a hospital directly from Logan Airport. He was still wearing a cape from his travels when a patient with possible Behçet's disease was presented. After the presentation, his only comment was "this is not the master's disease." Thus was the state-of-the-art on this condition until very recently—the matching up of clinical features and then often capitulating to authority. This nice book on Behçet's disease contains a strong message that there are major advances in understanding the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of this entity.

The book is a well-produced summation of an international conference on Behçet's disease held in September 1989. A major activity of the conference was establishing major and minor diagnostic criteria, and these are

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