Reactive Arthritis v. Reiter’s Syndrome

Hans Conrad Julius ReiterReactive Arthritis. What should this disease be called? Does a physician convicted of war crimes against people under his care deserve to be honored by calling a disease after him?

The question of what to call this syndrome stems from the fact Hans Conrad Julius Reiter (February 26, 1881 – November 25, 1969), who was a German physician, described the syndrome in 1916. Reiter was not the first person to describe this condition but he was an energetic and long lived self-promoter, and the name Reiter’s Syndrome eventually caught on.

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