C. DUDLEY MILLER, M.D.; DONALD W. MCINTYRE, M.D.
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Although in the older German literature there were several cases suggestive of "Reiter's disease," it was not recognized as a clinical entity until 1916 when Reiter1 described a clinical picture of urethritis, conjunctivitis, and arthritis which was non-gonorrheal in nature; therefore, credit must be given him for being the first one to recognize this "disease" and its symptomatology.
During World War I, Reiter observed the syndrome in a young officer who had become suddenly ill with abdominal pains and diarrhea which showed a slight admixture of blood. Two days after the onset a purulent urethral discharge developed, accompanied by a
MILLER CD, MCINTYRE DW. A SYNDROME TERMED REITER'S DISEASE (URETHRITIS, CONJUNCTIVITIS AND ARTHRITIS)*. Ann Intern Med. 1945;23:673–682. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-23-4-673
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1945;23(4):673-682.
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