David Riesman (physician)

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David Riesman (1867, Saxe-Weimar – 1940) was a German-born American physician remembered for describing Riesman's sign. He graduated M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1892. He wrote a number of books on pathology and the history of medicine. He founded a history of medicine course at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was professor of clinical medicine from 1912 to 1933. After 1933, he became professor of the history of medicine until his death.[1]

His son was the American sociologist David Riesman (1909 – 2002).[2][3]


  1. ^ Barry G. Firkin, Judith A. Whitworth. Dictionary of Medical Eponyms, page 338. Parthenon Publishing Group Limited, 1996. ISBN 1-85070-477-5.
  2. ^ David Riesman obituary The Guardian 13 May 2002.
  3. ^ David Riesman at Answers.com