Rheumatology’s dark past

In 1916, a German doctor named Hans Reiter working on the Western Front reported the case of an acutely ill lieutenant who had developed urethritis, arthritis, and conjunctivitis.

He recognised that these three symptoms were manifestations of a single disease entity, and although his description of the condition was not the first, it nonetheless became known as Reiter’s disease.

After the war, Dr Reiter