Frank Holdsworth

Sir Frank Wild Holdsworth (1904-1969) was an English Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Eponymously affiliated with the Holdsworth fracture

  • Born 1904, Bradford
  • Died 1969

Medical Eponyms
Holdsworth fracture (1963)

Unstable fracture dislocation of the thoraco-lumbar junction of the spine

Major Publications



Eponymous terms

  • Brand RA. Biographical Sketch: Frank Wild Holdsworth, FRCS (1904–1969). Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Aug; 470(8): 2083–2084. [PMC3392394]
  • Obituary: Sir Frank Wild Holdsworth 1904-1969. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1970 Feb;52(1):168-70. [PMID 4908146]
  • In Memoriam: Sir Frank Holdsworth. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1970 Feb; 46(2): 115–117. [PMC2387709]
  • Biography: Sir Frank Wild Holdsworth. Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows Online. Royal College of Surgeons of England.
  • Mostofi SB. Who’s Who in Orthopedics. Springer; pp 145-147, 2005 edition

Cite this article as: Dom Hayes and Mike Cadogan, "Frank Holdsworth," In: LITFL - Life in the FastLane, Accessed on October 7, 2022,


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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