On the Influence of Mechanical and Physiological Rest in the treatment of accidents and surgical diseases, and the diagnostic value of pain. A course of lectures, delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in the years 1860, 1861, and 1862.

London: Bell and Daldy,… .1863

8vo, pp. xii, 499. Half-title, illustrations in the text. Original green cloth, uncut, a little rubbed, spine neatly repaired, a very clean copy. Bookplate and newspaper cutting announcing Hilton’s death on the front pastedown.

FIRST EDITION. G&M 5609: Hilton “advocated complete rest in the treatment of surgical disorders of all parts of the body. His book is a surgical classic, still in demand among students (sixth edition, 1950). Second and later editions are entitled On rest and pain.” Keith, Menders of the Maimed, devotes chapter 2 (pp. 18–34) to Hilton: “Of all the means which surgeons could command to assist the tissues to overcome disease and effect repair, he believed rest to be the most valuable.” Billings (p. 89) called this book “one of the most valuable contributions of the century to surgical literature.” Lilly Exhibition Catalogue 170.


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