William James West

William James West (1794 – 1848) was an English surgeon and general practitioner

He is eponymously associated with West Syndrome (Infantile Spasms) following a letter to the editor of the Lancet describing the seizure disorder witnessed in his own son

  • Born 1793/1794
  • Medical studies at Guy’s Hospital, London
  • 1815 – Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS)
  • 1840 – Birth of son James Edwin West, developed infantile spasms aged 4 months
  • Died 1848

Medical Eponyms
West Syndrome (1841)

West Syndrome (Infantile Spasms) – Triad of infantile spasms, developmental delay and hypsarrhythmia on EEG

Major Publications


eponymictionary CTA


the person behind the name

Dr Tim Martin MBBS BSc Emergency medicine trainee with an interest in paediatrics  | LinkedIn |

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