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August 26, 1968


JAMA. 1968;205(9):640-641. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140350050013

Historically, von Recklinghausen's name is associated with neurofibromatosis1 and lymph canaliculi. His name is also associated with a condition now recognized as hyperparathyroidism, in the description of which he inadvertently described another disease (polyostotic fibrous dysplasia), with which his name did not become associated. One of the foremost German pathologists in the 19th century, Friedrich Daniel von Recklinghausen was born in Giitersloh, Westphalia, and studied medicine in the universities of Bonn, Wurzburg, and Berlin. He gained the doctor's degree in the latter city in 1855, defending his inaugural thesis on the theories of pyemia, prepared in Latin. Following graduation, he devoted himself to pathological anatomy with Virchow, and, except for periods of study and research in Vienna, Rome, and Paris, he remained in Berlin until 1864.

Without passing through the usual academic steps, Recklinghausen was appointed professor of pathological anatomy in Konigsberg in 1864. After a few months he