Terry-Thomas (born: Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens) (1911 – 1990) was an English comedian and character actor.
Eponymously affiliated with the Terry-Thomas sign
The Terry-Thomas sign was proposed in 1977 by orthopedic surgeon – Victor H Frankel when likening the AP wrist XR of scapholunate dissociation to the upper central dental diastema of actor Terry-Thomas
- Born 10 July 1911
- Died 8 January 1990
- Terry-Thomas Sign (1977) increased distance between the scaphoid and the lunate (scapholunate space) on AP XR of the wrist associated with scapholunate dissociation. Frankel in 1977, likened the widening of the scapholunate interval to the ‘upper central dental diastema‘ of British comedian Terry-Thomas
The hyphen: Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens tried multiple variations of his name in preparation for a career on the stage. First with ‘Tom Stevens‘, then reversing as ‘Mot Snevets‘ before finally settling for ‘Terry Thomas‘. He later added the hyphen (‘Terry-Thomas‘), which he likened to the gap between his teeth.
- Frankel VH. The Terry-Thomas sign. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1978 Sep;(135):311-2. [PMID 709947]
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- Clark DL, von Schroeder HP. Scapholunate ligament injury: the natural history. Can J Surg. 2004 Aug; 47(4): 298–299. [PMC3211786]
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