Eduard von Rindfleisch

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Eduard von Rindfleisch

Georg Eduard von Rindfleisch (December 15, 1836 – 1908) was a German pathologist and histologist. He was born in Köthen and died in Würzburg.

He studied medicine in Würzburg, Berlin and Heidelberg, earning his doctorate in 1859. After obtaining his degree, he served as an assistant to Rudolf Virchow in Berlin, later receiving his habilitation in Breslau (1862). Afterwards he was a professor of pathology in Zurich (1862-65) and Bonn (1865-74), and in 1874 attained the chair of pathology at the University of Würzburg.

He was one of the first proposers of a vascular theory for multiple sclerosis after noticing in 1863 that the inflammation-associated lesions were distributed around veins.[1] This work was the ground layer for the later Tracy Putnam work in the vascular theory of MS.

Also, he made noteworthy contributions in his pioneer research of tuberculosis. He was one of the leading advocates of scientific "neo-vitalism".[2]

Associated eponyms[edit]

  • "Rindfleisch's folds": Semilunar folds of the serous surface of the pericardium around the beginning of the aorta. Also known as the ascending aortic fold.
  • "Rindfleisch's cells": Historical name for eosinophilic leukocytes.

Selected writings[edit]

  • Lehrbuch der patologischen Gewebelehre. Engelmann, Leipzig 1867. (Textbook of pathologic histology).
  • Die Elemente der Pathologie: ein natürlicher Grundriss der wissenschaftlichen Medicin. Engelmann, Leipzig 1883. (Elements of pathology: an outline of natural scientific medicine).
  • Ärztliche Philosophie: Festrede zur Feier des 306. Stiftungstages der Königlichen Julius-Maximilians-Universität. Hertz, Würzburg 1888.


  1. ^ Lassmann H (1999-10-29). "The pathology of multiple sclerosis and its evolution". Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 354 (1390): 1635–40. doi:10.1098/rstb.1999.0508. PMC 1692680. PMID 10603616. 
  2. ^ Institut für Pathologie der Universität Würzburg (biography)