Born at Newmarket in Gloucestershire, Thomas Hillier entered the Department of Arts of University College, London, at an early age, and graduated with distinction in 1849. His medical studies which ensued were crowned with success. He gained the scholarship and gold medal for physiology in the first M.B. examination and similar honours in the second. After taking his degree of M.D. in 1855, Hillier obtained the post, newly created, of medical officer of health to St. Pancras Parish. He paid particular attention to skin diseases, and the appearance of his Handbook of Skin Diseases in 1865 led to his appointment as physician to the Skin Department of University College Hospital. University College also elected him to a fellowship. Children’s diseases were another of his special interests, and he filled successively the offices of assistant physician and physician to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. His treatise on Diseases of Children was published shortly before his early death. He left a widow and two children.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1868; Medical Times and Gazette, 1868]