Hans-Joachim Scherer (1906-1945), pioneer in glioma research

Brain Pathol. 1999 Apr;9(2):241-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3639.1999.tb00222.x.


Hans-Joachim Scherer was among the most creative and productive neuropathologists of his time. Working as a political refugee in Antwerp (Belgium) during 1934-41, he published landmark papers on the morphology and biology of malignant gliomas, and was the first to clearly distinguish primary and secondary glioblastomas, and growth patterns reflecting the invasion of preexisting brain tissue (secondary structures). Scherer was a controversial personality, who at the end of World War II became entangled in the Nazi euthanasia programme.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Belgium
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / history*
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Germany
  • Glioblastoma / history
  • Glioblastoma / pathology
  • Glioma / history*
  • Glioma / pathology
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans

Personal name as subject

  • H J Scherer