Tom Bentley Throckmorton

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Tom Bentley Throckmorton (January 20, 1885, Derby, Iowa – 1961) was an American neurologist remembered for describing Throckmorton's reflex. He is also the namesake of the Throckmorton sign used in radiology.[1]


He studied at the Jefferson Medical College, graduating M.D. in 1909 with a gold medal for the best neurological examination.[2] He worked at the Maplewood Sanatorium, the Philadelphia Orthopedic Hospital, the Infirmary for Nervous Diseases in Philadelphia and the Cheroku State Hospital for the Insane before settling as a lecturer in neurology in Des Moines, Iowa.[3] He was Governor of the Iowa Chapter of the American College of Physicians from 1927 to 1936.[4]


  1. ^ "Throckmorton sign". Radiopaedia. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Won High Honors Excerpt from The Chariton Leader June 24, 1909 on
  3. ^ Tom Bentley Throckmorton at Who Named It?
  4. ^ Former Iowa Chapter Governors on ACP online