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Reginald Heber Fitz - bibliography

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


  • Perforating inflammation of the vermiform appendix, with special reference to its early diagnosis and treatment.
    (Transactions of the Association of American Physicians, Philadelphia, 1886, 1: 107-144.
    Fitz' syndrome/Balser's fatty necrosis).
    A conclusive demonstration of the pathology and symptoms of disease of the vermiform appendix. Fitz invented the term "appendicitis". His paper, which records 25 cases collected by himself, convinced physicians of the need to remove the appendix immediately if threatening symptoms did not subside within 24 hours. Reprinted in Medical Classics, 1938, 2: 459-491.
  • The Diagnosis and Medical Treatment of Acute Intestinal Obstruction. Boston, 1889.
  • Acute pancreatitis; a consideration of pancreatic hemorrhage, hemorrhagic suppurative, and gangrenous pancreatitis, and of disseminated fat-necrosis.
    Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, 1889, 120: 181-187, 205-207, 229-235.
    Fitz' syndrome/Balser's fatty necrosis.
  • Walter Bradford Cannon (1871-1945), C. A. L. Binger and R. Fitz:
    Experimental hyperthyroidism.
    American Journal of Physiology, Bethesda, Maryland, 1915, 36: 363-364.
    First succesful experimental production of exophthalmic goitre.
    Published two years after Fitz' death.

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