Hugh Owen Thomas

Died aged c. 57

Hugh Owen Thomas (23 August 1834 – 6 January 1891) was a Welsh orthopaedic surgeon. He and his nephew Robert Jones have been called "the Fathers of orthopaedic surgery". Thomas was descended from a line of Welsh bone setters and placed great importance on rest in treatment of fractures. He is responsible for a number of contributions to orthopaedic treatment and surgery, producing a number of books and methods that revolutionised orthopaedic practice. He is particularly known for the Thomas splint, which was widely used during World War I, reducing mortality from 80% to just 8% by the end of the war. His principles of practice were also spread to the USA by John Ridlon, amongst others.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

This plaque was erected in 1952 by the Australian Orthopaedic Association to commemorate the site of 11 Nelson Street where Hugh Owen Thomas 1834-1891 Robert Jones 1857-1933 Thomas Porter McMurray 1887-1949 practised orthopaedic surgery "Their work is immortal"

Nelson Street corner of Upper Frederick Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they practised orthopaedic surgery