High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Walther Spielmeyer (April 23, 1879 - February 6, 1935) was a German neuropathologist who was a native of Dessau. He studied medicine at the University of Halle under Eduard Hitzig (1838-1907), and in 1906 went to Freiburg, where he was an assistant to Alfred Hoche (1865-1943). At the suggestion of Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926), he succeeded Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915) as director of the Anatomisches Laboratorium der Psychiatrischen und Nervenklivik in Munich. At Munich he worked with Franz Nissl (1860-1919) and Felix Plaut (1877-1940).