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Reginald Heber Fitz

Born 1843
Died 1913

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American physician, born May 5, 1843, Chelsea, Massachusets; died September 30, 1913, Brookline, Massachusetts.

Biography of Reginald Heber Fitz

Reginald Heber Fitz was the son of Albert and Eliza Roberta (Nye) Fitz. He studied at Harvard University, where he received his doctorate in 1868. Following a prolonged stay in Vienna, Berlin, and Paris, he settled in Boston, teaching pathological anatomy and general pathology at the Harvard Medical School, from 1873 as assistant professor, professor from 1879 to 1892. In 1879 he married Elisabeth Loring Clarke, whith whom he had four children.

His most important works concern the appendicitis and acute pancreatitis. In 1886 he demonstrated the pathology of veriform appendix, and termed the disease appendicitis. Fitz described three forms of acute pancreatitis, and made the earliest suggestion that disseminated fat necrosis is the result of a pathologic process in the pancreas.

We thank Patrick Jucker-Kupper, Switzerland, for information submitted.

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