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April 20, 1964

Congenital Cataracts

JAMA. 1964;188(3):330-331. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060290134062

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In 1959 Professor Jules François of Ghent presented a report to the Société Française d'Ophtalmologie on congenital cataract. These annual reports to the Society have a long history of excellence and completeness. Each is a true monograph on the subject assigned and provides a base for future researchers in the field.

Dr. François' "rapport" was no exception to this tradition. All facets of congenital cataracts were reviewed, from embryology and anatomy of the lens to postoperative treatment. No systemic disease or syndrome of which congenital cataract is a part was omitted, and each of the 30 chapters concluded with a list of references containing as many as 250 items. Truly an exhaustive and monumental effort.

The original 853-page paper-covered French edition has now been translated into an elegant hard-covered 659-page English version. It is essentially a verbatim translation with chapter organization, figures, color plates, etc, all exactly as in the

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