Arthur Holstein

Arthur Holstein (1914 – 2000) was an American Orthopedic Surgeon. Along with Gwilym B. Lewis he is eponymously affiliated with the Holstein–Lewis fracture, they first described in 1963


  • Born 1914 Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1946 – Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley
  • Died 26 October 2000

Medical Eponyms

Holstein–Lewis fracture (1963)

Simple spiral fracture of the humerus involving the distal 1/3 of the shaft with the distal bone fragment displaced and the proximal end deviated toward the radial side. Often associated with radial nerve paralysis.

Major Publications


  • Somford MP, Wiegerinck JI, Hoornenborg D, van den Bekerom MP, Eygendaal D. Eponyms in elbow fracture surgery. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Mar;24(3):369-75. [PMID 25595361]
  • Hunter TB, Peltier LF, Lund PJ. Radiologic history exhibit. Musculoskeletal eponyms: who are those guys? RadioGraphics 2000; 20: 819-36.

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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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