What is the history of neurofibromatosis?

Long history. von Recklinghausen's (NF1) has pictorial history, dating back to thirteenth century.In 1768, Akenside published a scientifically-based description of NF1, recognizing that scholars such as Parè and Aldrovandi, in fact suffered from a disorder of the nerves.Neuromas of NF1 were first detailed by Smith in 1849, but Frederick von Recklinghausen is credited with its discovery and coined the name.