THOMAS, Hugh Owen.
Diseases of the Hip, Knee, and Ankle Joints with their deformities. Treated by a new and efficient method, (enforced, uninterrupted, and prolonged rest.)
Liverpool: T. Dobb & Co., .1876
8vo, 4 leaves, pp. vii, 130, (1)adverts, and 22 plates. Errata slip. Original plum cloth, slight wear to ends of spine. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front endpaper “Presented by the Author to Jno. R. Jones, September 13th 1876”.
Second edition, issue without the edition statement on the title. See G&M 4340 (the first edition of 1875, which is a great rarity). A famous book in the history of orthopaedics, which includes the description of the splint which Thomas designed for immobilisation of the hip, and which was named after him. A man of great individuality, Thomas designed the cap he wore, the phaeton he rode in, and the surgical appliances he used. He practised only in Liverpool, and produced his books, mostly in pamphlet form, through a local printer, hence their rarity. See Keith, Menders of the maimed, chapter III. Bick, Classics of orthopaedics, 70. Bick, Source book, pp. 279–283, etc.