Albert Henry Freiberg

Albert Henry Freiberg (1868 - 1940)

Albert Henry Freiberg (1868 – 1940) was an American Orthopedic Surgeon.

Eponymously associated with Freiberg infraction (1914)

Freiberg was an accomplished violinist as well as an amateur botanist and photographer. Freiberg was Chairman of the Professional Advisory Committee on Crippled Children in Ohio and worked actively to improve the conditions for disabled children


  • Born 17 August 1868 Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1890 – MD Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Cincinnati Medical School)
  • Studied in Wurzburg, Strassburg, Berlin, Paris, Vienna and London during his graduate years
  • 1902-1939 Professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1910 – President of the American Orthopedic Association
  • 1914-1918 WWI Rank of Major n the U.S. Army Medical corps. Member of the advisory council on orthopedic surgery at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC
  • Director of orthopedic surgery services at the Cincinnati General, Jewish and Children’s hospitals in Cincinnati
  • Died 14 July 1940 Cincinnati, Ohio

Medical Eponyms

Freiberg infraction (1914)

Osteochondrosis of the metatarsal heads (typically the 2nd metatarsal head) characterized pathologically by subchondral bone collapse, osteonecrosis, and cartilaginous fissures.

Freiberg infraction is more common in women and most commonly manifests during adolescence (aged 10-18 years). Bilateral presentation in 10% of cases. Cause unknown and probably multi-factorial. High-heeled shoes have been implicated as a causative factor

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