Gwilym B. Lewis

Gwylim Bill Lewis (1914 – 2009)

Gwilym Bowen “Bill” Lewis (1914-2009) was an American Orthopedic Surgeon. Along with Arthur Holstein he is eponymously affiliated with the Holstein–Lewis fracture, they first described in 1963

  • Born on June, 2 1914 Redlands, California
  • Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago
  • 1941 – US Navy with the USS Savo Island as the ship’s flight surgeon
  • Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley
  • Died on September 17, 2009

Medical Eponyms
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.

Holstein–Lewis fracture
Holstein–Lewis fracture 1963

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MBChB (University of Bristol), BSc (Durham University). Emergency medicine RMO at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital. Swimmer, interested in all things sports medicine.

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, 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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