Friedrich Paul Reichel


Friedrich Paul Reichel (1858 – 1934) was a German surgeon.

Eponymously affiliated with Reichel syndrome (synovial osteochondromatosis; Henderson-Jones disease) which he first described in 1900


  • Born 23 December 1858
  • 1881 – Medical degree, University of Breslau
  • 1882 – Doctor of Medicine. Thesis: ‘Morphologie der Mundhöhlendrüsen der Wirbeltiere’
  • 1882-1885 Surgical Assistant, University Clinic Wroclaw under Hermann Eberhard Fischer (1831-1919)
  • 1888 – Surgical University Clinic Würzburg
  • 1889 – Habiliated as surgeon. Thesis: ‘Ätiologie und chirurgische Therapie der septischen Peritonitis’
  • 1896 – Privatdozent, Breslau University
  • 1908 – Professor and Medical Director of all Chemnitz hospitals
  • Died 1934

Medical Eponyms

  • Reichel syndrome (1900) (synovial osteochondromatosis) – AKA Henderson-Jones disease
  • Reichel-Polya Operation – modification of the Billroth II operation a type of posterior gastroenterostomy

Key Medical Attributions


Major Publications

  • Reichel PF. Chondromatose der Kniegelenkskapsel. Archiv für klinische Chirurgie, Berlin, 1900, 61:717-724.
  • Reichel PF. Die Lehre von der Brucheinklemmung. Stuttgart, 1886.
  • Reichel PF. Lehrbuch der Nachbehandlung nach Operationen. Wiesbaden, 1897; 2. Auflage 1909
  • Reichel PF. Die Neubildungen des Darmes. mit M. Stammler. In: Neue deutsche Chirurgie, Band 33, Stuttgart, 1924.
  • Reichel PF. Verletzungen und Erkrankungen des Kniegelenkes und des Unterschenkels. Handbuch der praktischen Chirurgie, Band 4, Stuttgart, 1901; 6. Aufkage, Band 6, 1929.
  • Reichel PF. Zur Technik der Magenresektion. Zentralbl Chir 1938:65: 1330.


  • Klimpel V. Vergessene Operation – vergessener Operateur? Paul Friedrich Reichel zum 150 Geburtstag. Chirurgische Allgemeine 2008:9(2):85-87
  • Kotter A, Mayr E, Kundel K, Rüter A. [Reichel syndrome. A case report with review of the literature] Chirurg. 1996 May;67(5):556-9. [PMID 8777888]
  • Murphey MD, Vidal JA, Fanburg-Smith JC, Gajewski DA. Imaging of synovial chondromatosis with radiologic-pathologic correlation. Radiographics. 2007 Sep-Oct;27(5):1465-88. [PMID 17848703]
  • Wagner S, Bennek J, Gräfe G, Schmidt F, Thiele J, Wittekind C, Meier T. Chondromatosis of the ankle joint (Reichel syndrome). Pediatr Surg Int. 1999 Jul;15(5-6):437-9. [PMID 10415314]
  • Henderson MS. Loose bodies. American Journal of Orthopedic Surgery, 1916;14:265
  • Henderson MS. Loose bodies. American Journal of Orthopedic Surgery, 1918;16:498.
  • Jones HT. Loose bodies formation in synovial osteochondromatosis, with special reference to the etiology and pathology. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Boston, 1924;6:407-458.

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