Gwilym B. Lewis

Gwylim Bill Lewis (1914 – 2009)

Gwylim 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 2 June 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 17 September 2009

Medical Eponyms

  • Holstein–Lewis fracture (1963) – a 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

  • Holstein A, Lewis GM. Fractures of the humerus with radial-nerve paralysis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1963 Oct;45:1382-8. [PMID 14069777]


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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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