Max Stille made his first presentation to the Swedish College of Physicians in 1886, at the age of 32, and was elected a member in 1887. To all intents and purposes, Max managed the company in his father’s spirit, by continuously demonstrating prototypes for new instruments and products which he developed in close cooperation with physicians.
In the 1890s, Max turned his focus more to improving surgical tables, which coincided with major advances in abdominal surgery. However, Max also continued to focus on new and improved instruments. In 1897, he improved the plaster cutter, and the resulting device remains the template for plaster cutters today. Other instruments developed under Max’s leadership include bone forceps, spiral drills, rib forceps and instruments designed to surgically generate new joint cavities during hip surgery. In 1901, Max demonstrated a new device for local anesthesia.
Max died at the age of 52 in Berlin, while holding his annual instrument exhibition with the German Society of Surgeons.