Theodore Campbell Thompson (1902 – 1986) American Orthopedic Surgeon.
1923 – Thompson suffered a significant traumatic injury whilst working at a Steel Mill. His left arm went through the planer up to his elbow. He was able to turn off the machine. He reversed the machine to extract his arm but in the process suffered severe soft tissue injury to the arm. Despite advise for amputation, a local orthopedic surgeon operated to save then arm after multiple tendon and skin graft procedures
- Born 11 November 1902 Ishpeming, Michigan
- 1924-1928 Johns Hopkins Medical School
- 1929 – Residency at Johns Hopkins under Dr. George Bennett
- 1934 – Resident Surgeon at the Wingfield Morris Orthopaedic Hospital in Oxford
- 1939 – 1945 During World War II, Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, heading the Amputation Center at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Bethesda
- 1954 – President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
- 1955-1963 Sixth Surgeon-in-Chief, The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)
- Died 1986
Thompson Test (1962) [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
- Thompson TC. A test for rupture of the tendo achillis. Acta Orthop Scand. 1962;32:461-5. [Thompson Test ]
- Thompson TC, Doherty JH. Spontaneous rupture of tendon of Achilles: a new clinical diagnostic test. J Trauma. 1962 Mar;2:126-9.
- Thompson TC, Straub LR, Campbell RD. An evaluation of femoral shortening with intramedullary nailing. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1954; 36-A(1): 43-56.
Thompson was named after his maternal uncle (Theodore) and his paternal uncle (Campbell). However he liked neither name. He was called ‘Pete‘ whilst growing up, ‘Tommy’ by friends and family and ‘TCT‘ within the hospital…
- Levine DB. The Hospital for Special Surgery 1955 to 1972. HSS J. 2010 Feb; 6(1): 1–13
- Somford MP et al. Are You Positive That the Simmonds-Thompson Test Is Negative? A Historical and Biographical Review. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery , Volume 55 , Issue 3 , 682 – 683
- Eponymythology: Eponymous ankle and talus injuries. LITFL
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