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May 29, 1967


JAMA. 1967;200(9):790-791. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120220092021

Gustav Riehl, recognized in his generation as one of the leaders of Viennese dermatology in particular and German dermatology in general, was born in Vienna, completed his higher education at the university, and received the MD in 1879. After a short internship in Bamberg, he trained in his specialty for four years, first under Hebra and later under Kaposi.1 In 1896, Riehl was called to Leipzig to direct the recently organized University clinic on skin and venereal diseases; six years later, upon the retirement of Kaposi, he returned to Vienna. In bringing to the outstanding post in dermatology in central Europe the rich heritage of his academic forebears, Riehl added his varied interests which included bacteriology, mycology, histology, and a superlative capacity for diagnosis and treatment. His lectures to undergraduate and graduate students were in great demand; his management of the sick exemplified the kindly physician who possessed skill