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Grangegorman Lives: Sir William Stokes

05 April 2024

The next addition to our Grangegorman Lives series is Sir William Stokes, a surgeon born to the pioneering cardiologist William Stokes. 

Sir William Stokes (1839 - 1900) was a surgeon born to the pioneering cardiologist William Stokes. The younger Stokes was educated at the Royal School, Armagh, as well as Trinity College Dublin. Upon completing his postgraduate study abroad, Stokes established his own practice before serving at the Richmond Hospital from 1868 to 1888. Stokes would come to be well known for his time at the Richmond Hospital, during which he performed the Gritti-Strokes amputation of the lower limb and in 1877 invented the double–threaded screw extension splint.

Grangegorman Lives is a series of biographies of people whose lives influenced or were influenced by Grangegorman. The biographies are all sourced from Ireland’s Dictionary of Irish Biography: Ireland’s national biographical dictionary. Devised, researched, written and edited under the auspices of the Royal Irish Academy, its online edition is freely available at

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Image source: William Stokes, See page for author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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