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February 2, 1970

Hans Reiter (1881-) Reiter's Syndrome

JAMA. 1970;211(5):821-822. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170050055015

Hans Conrad Reiter, public and social hygienist, investigator of spirochetes, immunization, and vaccination against specific infections, was born in Leipzig, the son of an industrialist.1 He attended the Gymnasium and studied medicine at Leipzig, Breslau, and Tübingen. The MD degree was granted in 1906 upon presentation of an inaugural dissertation, entitled "Nephritis and Tuberculosis." He continued postgraduate training at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, St. Mary's Hospital in London under Sir Almroth Wright, and the Institute of Hygiene at the University of Berlin. In 1913, Reiter was appointed privatdocent at the Institute of Hygiene in Königsberg, and, for a few months preceding World War I, he was Deputy Department Director at the Institute for Hygiene of the University of Berlin. With the outbreak of hostilities, he served in the German army on the western front where he identified the causative organism in Weil's disease, his first important discovery. Later, Reiter