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Some More Historical Notes on Adamantiades-Behçet’s Disease FREE TO VIEW

Theodor Tirilomis, MD
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Georg August University Göttingen, Germany

Correspondence to: Theodor Tirilomis, MD, Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery Department, University of Göttingen, Robert-Koch-Str. 40, Göttingen, Germany D 37075



Chest. 2001;120(6):2116. doi:10.1378/chest.120.6.2116
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To the Editor:

I read with interest the review article (August 2000) on intracardiac thrombus in Behçet’s disease by Mogulkoc et al1and the historical comments (February 2001) by Cheng.2 I would like to add some more comments from the historical point of view.

Although the first description of the disease was reported by Hippocrates in the fifth century bc in ancient Greece, this originally endemic and epidemic disease became less significant and was forgotten, due to sporadic appearance in the course of time.3The first description in contemporary times was made by the Greek ophthalmologist Benedict Adamantiades (1875–1962) in 1931.4He described the case of a 20-year-old man observed for 3 years, with recurring ocular involvement (hypopyon iritis), scrotal ulcerations, aphthous stomatitis, and relapsing skin manifestations (pyodermitis). Six years later, the disease was described for the second time, independently from Adamantiades, by the Turkish dermatologist Hulusi Behçet (1889 to 1948).5 In commemoration of the contribution of these two excellent scientists, Silk Route disease is correctly called Adamantiades-Behçet’s disease.

References

Mogulkoc, N, Burgess, MI, Bishop, RW (2000) Intracardiac thrombus in Behçet’s disease: a systematic review.Chest118,479-487. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
 
Cheng, TO Some historical notes on Behçet’s disease.Chest2001;119,667-668
 
Feigenbaum, A Description of Behçet’s syndrome in the Hippocratic third book of endemic diseases.Br J Ophthal1956;40,355-357
 
Adamantiades, B Sur un cas d’iritis á hypopion récidivantAnn Ocul (Paris)1931;164,271-278
 
Behçet, H Über rezidivierende, aphthöse, durch ein Virus verursachte Geschwüre am Mund, am Auge und an den Genitalien.Dermat Wschr1937;105,1152-1157
 

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Mogulkoc, N, Burgess, MI, Bishop, RW (2000) Intracardiac thrombus in Behçet’s disease: a systematic review.Chest118,479-487. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
 
Cheng, TO Some historical notes on Behçet’s disease.Chest2001;119,667-668
 
Feigenbaum, A Description of Behçet’s syndrome in the Hippocratic third book of endemic diseases.Br J Ophthal1956;40,355-357
 
Adamantiades, B Sur un cas d’iritis á hypopion récidivantAnn Ocul (Paris)1931;164,271-278
 
Behçet, H Über rezidivierende, aphthöse, durch ein Virus verursachte Geschwüre am Mund, am Auge und an den Genitalien.Dermat Wschr1937;105,1152-1157
 
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