Frank Wild Holdsworth

Sir Frank Wild Holdsworth (1904 – 1969) British Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Eponymously affiliated with the Holdsworth fracture


  • Born 1904, Bradford
  • Died 1969

Key Medical Attributions:

  • More about medical contributions

Medical Eponyms

  • Holdsworth fracture (1963) unstable fracture dislocation of the thoraco-lumbar junction of the spine

Major Publications

  • Holdsworth Fractures, dislocations, and fracture-dislocations of the spine. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1970 Dec;52(8):1534-51. [PMID 5483077]
  • Holdsworth FW. Dislocation and fracture-dislocation of the pelvis. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1948 Aug;30B(3):461-6. [PMID 18877981]


  • 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

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the person behind the name

Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a 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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