Rita G. Harper

Rita Gilman Harper (1934 – ) American pediatrician.

  • Born 31 August 1934
  • Department of Pediatrics, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center.
  • Department of Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital-Cornell University Medical College, Manhasset, New York

Medical Eponyms
Harper syndrome (1967)

Seckel syndrome or microcephalic primordial dwarfism (also known as bird-headed dwarfism, Harper’s syndrome, Virchow-Seckel dwarfism, and Bird-headed dwarf of Seckel) is an extremely rare congenital disorder.

Autosomal recessive disorder characterized by intrauterine growth retardation, dwarfism, microcephaly with mental retardation, and a characteristic ‘bird-headed’ facial appearance.

In 1967 Harper reported on a brother and sister who strikingly resembled Seckel’s cases 1 and 2; 2 other reported cases; and the 3 sibs reported by McKusick also in 1967.

Major Publications




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the person behind the name

Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and informatics. Asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | vocortex |

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