Volume 7, Number 6—December 2001
Reiter Syndrome Following Protracted Symptoms of Cyclospora Infection
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To the Editor: I read with interest and some dismay the report by Connor et al. on Reiter syndrome following protracted symptoms of Cyclospora infection (1). Wallace and Weisman summarized quite eloquently the history of "Reiter's syndrome" (2). It is now well documented that the syndrome had been described several hundred years before Reiter's publication. More importantly, Hans Reiter was a war criminal, having participated in or supervised medical "experiments" conducted on concentration camp inmates by the Nazis. Wallace and Weisman suggest "Reiter does not deserve eponymous distinction. The disorder should be renamed 'reactive cutaneo-arthropathy,' or 'reactive arthritis' syndrome." I agree with this proposal, have made it my practice, and urge this journal and my colleagues to do the same.
- Connor BA, Johnson E, Soave R. Reiter syndrome following protracted symptoms of Cyclospora infection. Emerg Infect Dis. 2001;7:453–4.
- Wallace DJ, Weisman M. Should a war criminal be rewarded with eponymous distinction? The double life of Hans Reiter (1881-1969). J Clin Rheumatol. 2000;6:49–54.