William John Little

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William John Little was born in Whitechapel, London, England back in 1810 to John and Hannah.  He suffered from polio, partial paralysis, and severe club foot. As a youth he was an apothecary’s apprentice, surrendering his indentures at the age of 18 he entered medical school at the London Hospital.

In 1832, he was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons.  He is known for his doctoral dissertation on tenotomy (the surgical cutting of a tendon) for the treatment of club foot.  He travelled to Germany to study the technique of subcutaneous tenotomy with Louis Stromeyer, who subsequently corrected Little’s deformed foot by this method.  The techniques originated by Stromeyer and applied by Little are still used today in the surgical management of quite a few neuromuscular conditions.  He was one of the first to bridge the gap between neurology and orthopedics, his work continues to impact both of these fields.  They are still being used in today’s management of spastic cerebral palsy and similar neuromuscular disabilities.

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Comments (19)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH
GRI

Hi James,

Dr. Little sounds like he was way ahead of his time.  When I think of the 1800's I usually envision a more primitive life and then you find us these brilliant forward thinking achievers.

Jul 08, 2021 03:27 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - working with tendons and nerves is certainly tricky.  I didn't realize it went back that far.

Jul 08, 2021 03:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... not sure I totally understand this process, but I do understand how important these pioneers in medicine were.

Jul 08, 2021 04:19 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Dr. Lttle was way ahead of his time out of pure necessity. His search for relief has helped many. And know I know. Enjoy your day!

Jul 08, 2021 04:50 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That incredible mind certainly did not go to waste.  The story seems very similar to my Dad's former Parkinson's doctor that had similar ailments, yet is world-renowned for his knowledge of Parkinson's disease.

Jul 08, 2021 05:21 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

He has helped many and they say if your feet hurt, your whole body hurts!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jul 08, 2021 05:38 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

How wonderful is it that he used his disability as inspitation to help others James Dray ? It's always inspiring to see others overcome challenges in life instead as an excuse to do nothing.

Jul 08, 2021 05:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - a rather incredible story when you think of timing of his life.  Thank you for sharing it.  

Jul 08, 2021 06:10 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Dr. Little another GREAT pioneer. 

Jul 08, 2021 06:21 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

What a terrible situation for a young person. Great to see how he changed his (and many other) life.

Jul 08, 2021 06:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, James.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 08, 2021 06:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James,

The connection between neurology and orthopedics is definitely a gigantic contribution to mankind.  What a great post.  A

Jul 08, 2021 07:16 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Such an interesting life. Especially that they still use those techniques.

Jul 08, 2021 07:21 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and thanks for the history lesson here in the rain again.  Make it a great day!

 

Jul 08, 2021 08:31 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- what an amazing man!!! Larry's neurosurgeon was the one who helped with his hip pain when he watched Larry walk. It was the suggestion of focusing on heel-toe when he walked that made the pain go away. Everything in our body is connected. 

Jul 08, 2021 09:37 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I am always amazed by the areas that those in previous generations such as Little where their impact is still felt today. 

Jul 08, 2021 10:08 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

My friend with cerebral palsy would be interested in the story for sure. Interesting stuff

Jul 08, 2021 12:32 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

No doubt his early life influenced his later life and accomplishments, and in life-changing ways for many!

Jul 08, 2021 10:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

How amazing, there is so much talent for good  out there on the Globe, Endre

Jul 08, 2021 10:17 PM