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Sarcoidosis 1878-1963.

William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(3):466-467. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870090150039.
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The story of sarcoidosis is not so much told as waffed telegraphic style. Perhaps, if one wishes to change the metaphor—we get it in bits and pieces. The literature of the medical world is brought together for those who might wish to have at their fingertips references to any aspect of the disease, be it experimental human studies, the history of our knowledge of the condition, the strange relationship to other diseases such as tuberculosis, or the multitudinous masquerades under which the disease hid for such a long time. Sarcoidosis, just like many other generalized diseases which are polymorphous in manifestations and ubiquitous in their geographical and geological distribution within the body, is likely to have a history full of many clinical puzzles before the whole thing is put together.

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