Hugo Spatz

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Hugo Spatz (2 September 1888 – 27 January 1969) was a German neuropathologist. In 1937, he was appointed director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Brain Research.[1] He was a member of the Nazi Party, and admitted to knowingly performing much of his controversial research on the brains of executed prisoners. Along with Julius Hallervorden, he is credited with the discovery of Hallervorden-Spatz syndrome (now referred to as Pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration).[2][3] Hugo Spatz's Oberarzt (senior resident or attending physician), 1937–1939, Richard Lindenberg, became chief neuropathologist of the State of Maryland.[4]

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  1. ^ "Hugo Spatz Papers 1940-1945". National Library of Medicine.
  2. ^ Strous, Rael D.; Morris C. Edelman (March 2007). "Eponyms and the Nazi Era: Time to Remember and Time For Change" (PDF). Israel Medical Association Journal. 9 (3): 207–214. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-12-09.
  3. ^ "Hugo Spatz". Who Named It?. Retrieved 2010-12-09.
  4. ^ Lindenberg, R (Apr 1970). "In memoriam; Dr. Hugo Spatz". J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 29 (2): 331–4. PMID 4910350.