Friedrich Wegener

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Friedrich Wegener

Friedrich Wegener (born 1907 in Varel – July 9, 1990, Lübeck) was a German pathologist who is notable for his description of a rare disease. Although this disease was known before Wegener's description, since the 1950s it has been called by the name Wegener's granulomatosis.[1]

Wegener joined the Nazi Party in 1932.[1] As a relatively high-ranking military doctor, he spent some of World War II in a medical office three blocks from the Łódź Ghetto, a Jewish ghetto in Łódź, Poland.[1] There is speculation that he participated in experiments on concentration camp inmates.[1]

The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) awarded Wegener a “master clinician” prize in 1989.[1] After his Nazi past was discovered in 2000, the ACCP rescinded the prize and, separately, a campaign was begun to rename Wegener's granulomatosis to ANCA-associated granulomatous vasculitis.[1] More recently, several journals proposed the name 'granulomatosis with polyangiitis' in a 2011 editorial.[2]

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