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Frederic Lewy
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Dr. Lewy, c. 1920
Born Friedrich Heinrich Lewy
January 28, 1885
Berlin, Germany
Died October 5, 1950 (aged 65)
Haverford, Pennsylvania
Resting place
Haverford Friends, Haverford, PA
Occupation neurologist
Known for Lewy bodies

Frederic Henry Lewey[1] (born Friedrich Heinrich Lewy, January 28, 1885[2] - October 5, 1950) was a prominent Jewish German-born American neurologist. He is best known for the discovery of Lewy bodies, which are a characteristic indicator of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.[3]

Lewy was born in Berlin, Germany on January 28, 1885. He trained in Berlin and Zürich and graduated from Berlin in 1910. He died in Haverford, Pennsylvania on October 5, 1950, aged 65.


  1. ^ He is consistently referred to as "Lewy", although he changed his names during his years in the U.S, ending up with "Lewey".
  2. ^ Friedrich H. Lewy at Who Named It?
  3. ^ Rodrigues e Silva, Antonio M; Geldsetzer Felix, Holdorff Bernd, Kielhorn Friedrich W, Balzer-Geldsetzer Monika, Oertel Wolfgang H, Hurtig Howard, Dodel Richard (Sep 2010). "Who was the man who discovered the "Lewy bodies"?". Mov. Disord (United States) 25 (12): 1765–73. doi:10.1002/mds.22956. PMID 20669275. 

Other sources[edit]

  • Holdorff B., "Friedrich Heinrich Lewy and His Work". Journal of the History of the Neurosciences (2002) Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 19–28

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