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Temple Theodore “Tim” StammChalmers DavidsonTrevor DaviesJohn Wanless DicksonRichard LeighJoyce McQuillinB K NaikShirley Storrier (née Clarke)Cecil Henry WilkinsonJonathan Alun Williams

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7322.1190 (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1190

Temple Theodore “Tim” Stamm


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Former orthopaedic surgeon (b 1905; q Guy's 1928), d 18 October 2001. Guy's was the first hospital in the country to appoint a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and Tim Stamm was only the third person to hold the post. His association with Guy's began as a medical student and ended only when he retired in 1965.

He also worked at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and hospitals associated with Guy's such as Pembury, Bromley, and Orpington. He served briefly during the second world war in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

One of his registrars, Derek Richards, recalls that Stamm's last operating list included three triple fusions, which Stamm completed in 20, 15, and 12 minutes. “He was the most dextrous surgeon I have ever worked with—never a wasted move.”

Stamm believed that the natural way was usually the best, and in 1947 he bought a 180 acre farm in East Sussex. Using organic principles, he raised Guernsey cattle and pigs and cultivated woodland. It was his habit to complete his list at Guy's and be back on the farm in time for milking.

His passion for designing, inventing, and making things took in swimming pools —he designed and built four—intricate woodcarvings, silk pyjamas, tools, and games.

Stamm's stepson, Jeremy Hamilton-Miller, introduced him to Saturday afternoon wrestling, which they watched together. Stamm was horrified when “Gorgeous” George Gordienko appeared in the ring on one such afternoon, less than a month after Stamm had operated on a pre-patella bursa. “Don't worry,” Gorgeous George told him later, “We are well rehearsed.” Aneurin Bevan was another well known patient. Stamm operated on his neck.

Then, as now, Guy's had strong links with Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States and Stamm was a visiting professor there in the 1950s. He consolidated an international reputation through …

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