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April 13, 1970

Hans Reiter

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Shaker Heights, Ohio

JAMA. 1970;212(2):323. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170150077029

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To the Editor.—  As a former student of Hans Reiter, I was pleasantly surprised to see his very life-like image on your editorial page (211:821, 1970). Reiter died in 1968.I studied under him in the early 1920's in Rostock, Germany. Hans Reiter was the rare combination of a thorough researcher and a brilliant teacher. As holder of the first chair in Public Health in Rostock, he attracted not only students of medicine but also of economics and law. His seminars were an innovation in those days. He personally conducted extensive field trips to the Ruhr district, the industrial part of Saxony. Like Rudolf Virchow, Hans Reiter was politically active, first as a follower of Gustav Stresemann. After Stresemann's death, he became a follower of Adolf Hitler partly on account of his interest in eugenics. In a letter to me, dated July 5,1962, he claimed, "Our German activities in the