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British surgeon and anatomist, born 1804, Castle Hedingham, Essex, died September 14, 1878, Hedingham House, Clapham.


  • Notes of a peculiar appearance observed in human muscle, probably depending upon the formation of very small cysticerci.
    The London Medical Gazette, 1833, 11: 605.
    Hilton described Trichinella spiralis and suggested its parasitic nature.
  • A system of operative surgery; etc. London, 1835.
  • On the distribution and probable function of the superior and recurrent laryngeal nerves. London, 1835.
  • Case of internal strangulation of intestine relieved by operation.
    By Golding Bird (1814-1854) and J. Hilton.
    Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, London, 1847,30: 51-67.
    Records the first operation for intestinal strangulation of the small intestine by Hilton at Guy's Hospital. No anaesthetic was used; the patient died nine hours afterward.
  • On the influence of mechanical and physiological rest in the treatment of accidents and surgical diseases, and the diagnostic value of pain.
    London, Bell and Daldy, 1863. 99 pages.
    In a series of lectures at the Royal College of Surgeons in 1860, 1861 and 1862, Hilton introduced a new concept in the treatment of surgical disorders by urging removal only of those tissues which hindered nature's own healing process and by advocating rest as being of prime importance in this natural process. This classic work has been reprinted for more than a hundred years, and it still contains valuable and valid lessons. The sixth edition appeared in 1950. Second and later editions are entitled On Rest and Pain.
  • On Rest and Pain: a Course of Lectures on the Influence of Mechanical and Physiological Rest in the Treatment of Accidents and Surgical Diseases, and the Diagnostic Value of Pain, delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in the years 1860, 1861, and 1862.
    2nd edition, edited by W.H.A. Jacobson, London, G. Bell, 1877. 478 pages.
    2nd edition, New York, William Wood & Co., 1879.
    3rd edition, edited by W.H.A. Jacobson, London, G. Bell, 1880.
    5th edition, edited by W.H.A. Jacobson, London, G. Bell, 1892.

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