Friedrich Feyrter

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Friedrich Feyrter (born June 2, 1895 in Vienna , † December 2, 1973 in Bad Fischau-Brunn ) was an Austrian pathologist .

life and work

Friedrich Feyrter was born as the son of the civil servant Johann Feyrter. After attending grammar school in his hometown, he studied medicine at the University of Vienna . From 1919 to 1921 he worked under Josef Schaffer as a demonstrator at the local histological institute; In 1921 he received his doctorate. He then worked for the pathologist Jakob Erdheim and under Richard Wiesner on the prosecution of the Wilhelminenspital . In 1931 he joined the Pathological-Anatomical Institute at the University of Vienna, headed by Rudolf Maresch , where he received his habilitation in 1934. As a private lecturer he worked at the University of Vienna and from 1935 under Martin Staemmler at the University of Breslau ; there he was also appointed associate professor. In 1936 he went to Gdansk , where he worked as a department director of the municipal hospital and in 1939 was appointed part-time full professor at the State Academy for Practical Medicine . He had already joined the NSDAP in Graz in 1938 . From 1941 he was a full professor and director of the Pathological-Anatomical Institute of the University of Graz . In 1946 he was released because he had violated the “ prosector's duty to report ”. In 1947 he became a prosector at the Hanusch Hospital in Vienna. From 1951 he was a full professor and director of the Pathological Institute of the Georg-August University in Göttingen . Retired in 1959, he returned to Vienna, where he continued to research until his death.

Friedrich Feyrter is considered to be the founder of medical neuroendocrinology . He laid the foundations for understanding the hormonal control of crucial metabolic functions. He also conducted research in the field of malignant tumors, lipids and cell metabolism disorders . Many of his findings went unnoticed for a long time due to the Second World War.

Fonts (selection)

  • Carcinoid and Carcinoma. In: Results of general pathology and pathological anatomy. Vol. 29 (1934), pp. 305 ff. (Habilitation thesis).
  • Via diffuse endocrine epithelial organs. Barth, Leipzig 1938; 2nd, expanded edition as: About the peripheral endocrine (paracrine) glands of humans. Maudrich, Vienna 1953.
  • About neuromas and neurofibromatosis, after studies on the human gastrointestinal tube. Maudrich, Vienna 1948.
  • About the obligation to notify the prosector due to medical fault. Maudrich, Vienna 1949.
  • About the pathology of the vegetative nervous periphery and its ganglionic regulatory sites. Maudrich, Vienna 1951.
  • with Ekkehard Kofler: On the histology and biology of the epithelial tumors of the human rectum. Maudrich, Vienna 1953.
  • An adrenolipoid syndrome: normology and pathology of brown adipose tissue in humans. Thieme, Stuttgart 1973.


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