Fitz, Reginald Heber

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Reginald Heber Fitz, 1843–1913, American pathologist, b. Chelsea, Mass., M.D. Harvard, 1868. He studied under Virchow, and in 1870 he returned to Harvard, where he introduced Virchow's methods and ideas. In 1908 he became professor emeritus. In a classic medical paper (1886), he first identified, named, and accurately analyzed appendicitis and recommended radical surgery for its cure. In 1889 he first analyzed acute pancreatitis.