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THOMAS, Hugh Owen.
Diseases of the Hip, Knee, and Ankle Joints and Their Treatment, By a New and Efficient Method.

pp. (viii), iv, 101, (iii). 17 lithographed plates after J. L[EWIS]. Original plum cloth, spine and top edge of the rear board faded and with a small tear at each spine end, three very small numbered labels on the spine and pencilled call numbers at the top of the title, no other marking, inscribed in ink at the head of the title - With H. O. T. regards - a very good copy.

*GARRISON-MORTON #4340 - NORMAN #2067 [NORMAN #1319 Christie's Sale of the Norman Collection 1998, @ $1955] - 'Thomas was an eccentric but very successful Liverpool surgeon descended from a line of successful but unscientifically trained bonesetters. At least three of the basic scientific precepts of fracture therapy are due to Thomas.....' (Norman). This is one of Thomas's earliest publications, most of which were printed in very small numbers, principally for presentation to friends, as presumably the one offered here. An enlarged, second edition was issued in 1876 and is more commonly met with. Even Winnett Orr only had the second edition. For a brief biographical account, see ORR #1978. COPAC records two copies only - NEWCASTLE; WELLCOME. HUGH OWEN THOMAS [1834-1891], born in Anglesey, he first trained with his uncle, Dr. Owen Roberts at St. Asaph in North Wales for four years, then studied medicine at Edinburgh and University College, London. He qualified as MRCS in 1857. Returning to Liverpool, he first worked with his father, but incompatible temperaments did not allow this for long, so in 1859 he set up his own practice in the poorer part of town. He was medical officer to many workmen's clubs - shipwrights, boiler makers, iron founders; he had his own workshop, making the eponymous Thomas Splints with his own hands. When he died, his profound influence on orthopaedics was more or less ignored but as testament to his importance, the use of the splints that he devised, by his nephew, Robert Jones, in the First World War, reduced mortality of compound fractures of the femur from 87% to less than 8% in the period from 1916 to 1918.

T. Dobb & Co. Liverpool.

Date Published: 1875. First edition.

Stock No. 61744

Price: 3,000.00