Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hans Conrad Julius Reiter

Hans Reiter
Hans Conrad Julius Reiter (1881 - 1969) German physician & member of the Nazis, convicted for his war crimes of conducting medical experiments on prisoners at the Buchenwald concentration camp, one of the first and the largest of the Nazi concentration camps. He was also a racial hygienist, about which he wrote a book, and a supporter of eugenics, and racial sterilization & extermination, in accordance with the manifesto of the Nazis. In 1916, when he was a military physician at the Western Front, he reported the triad of non-gonococcal urethritis, uveitis & arthritis, which has come to be eponymously referred to as Reiter's syndrome. In recent years, there has been an inclination to name the condition as reactive arthritis, considering the nature of Reiter's involvement in the holocaust, and also for the fact that Reiter was in no way the first to describe the condition.


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