Franklin Adin ‘Sam‘ Simmonds (1910 – 1983) was an English orthopaedic surgeon.
Reputation for surgical craftsmanship; professional dexterity was mirrored in his plus-one golf handicap.
Infrequent writer, however contributions include significant papers on rotator cuff lesions; acromioclavicular fixation; adolescent hallux valgus correction.
- Born 31 October 1910
- Pre-clinical medicine at Pembroke College, Cambridge (with Golf Blue)
- Clinical studies St Thomas’s Hospital, London
- 1935 – MRCS, LRCP
- 1939 – FRCS. Chief assistant to Rowley Bristow (First specialist orthopaedic surgeon St Thomas’s Hospital, London)
- 1939-1945 Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps, commanded base hospitals in North Africa, Sicily, France and the Far East.
- 1946 – Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Rowley Bristow Orthopaedic Hospital, Pyrford with Alan Apley
- 1951 – Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford
- Retired 1975
- Died 14 July 1983
Simmonds test (1957) [aka *Simmonds-Thompson Test ]
Simmonds-Thompson test is a diagnostic tool for Achilles tendon rupture. The absence of foot plantarflexion on calf compression is interpreted as a positive test result and indicative of Achilles tendon rupture. Simmonds-Thompson test result should be considered positive when the physical response to calf squeezing is aberrant and the foot fails to plantarflex owing to incongruity of the Achilles tendon, indicative of rupture
- Simmonds FA. The diagnosis of the ruptured Achilles tendon. The Practitioner. 1957 Jul;179(1069):56-8. [Simmonds test]
- Simmonds FA. The immobile meniscus: a common syndrome in middle age. Postgrad Med J 40:527–528, 1964.
- Simmonds FA. Shoulder pain with particular reference to the frozen shoulder. J Bone Joint Surg Br 31B:426–432, 1949.
- Simmonds FA. Bilateral bony ankylosis of hip-joints. Proc R Soc Med. 1948 Jun;41(6):386.
- Biography: Simmonds, Franklin Adin (1911 – 1983). Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows Online. Royal College of Surgeons of England.
- Obituary: F A Simmonds. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1983 Sep 24; 287(6396): 919.
- Eponymythology: Eponymous ankle and talus injuries. LITFL
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