The Boylston Prize Essay, for 1881, was a dissertation on "Injuries of the Back, without Apparent Mechanical Lesion, in their Surgical and Medico-legal Aspects," by Mr. Herbert Page. This essay was formed of parts of the present volume, as was stated in the first edition, which appeared in this country in 1883. In its main features the second edition differs but little from the first, although it has been quite thoroughly revised.
Until the appearance of this book the only publication treating of injuries of the nervous system due to railway shock, was the small volume first published in 1866, by Mr. Erichsen, and which was subsequently enlarged under the title of "Concussion of the Spine." Mr. Erichsen's book was long considered authoritative work on this subject, but the general opinion after the appearance of the first edition of Mr. Page's book was, that it would supersede the former. This