The seventh edition of this standard work is larger and better than any which have preceded it. In his latest preface Professor Hamilton claims to have embodied in the new edition all the recent contributions to this wide subject which has now quite an extensive literature, but which was so little written about once that the first edition (1859) declared, "The English language does not at this moment contain a single complete treatise on fractures and dislocations."
Although it is literally true, perhaps, that there was no existing work on both fractures and dislocations, it would be a mistake to suppose that Professor Hamilton's book was a pioneer in this field, for Sir Astley Cooper's classic work on the dislocations must claim that position.
That exhaustive work has furnished the basis of all subsequent surgical literature on the same topic, including Hamilton's treatise.
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