Moritz Litten

Moritz Litten (1845 – 1907) was a German physician.



  • Born 10 August 1845
  • Died 31 May 1907

Medical Eponyms

Roth spot or Litten spot

Moritz Litten (1845-1907) first used the term ‘Roth spot’ article (published 1878) to describe the current understanding of Roth spots, when he observed retinal haemorrhages with a white centre in patients with endocarditis. Sometime referred to as Litten spots/sign.

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the person behind the name

Associate Professor Curtin Medical School, Curtin University. Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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