As so much is being written on the extraction of the lens in its capsule by those who number their operations by thousands, as do some operators in India, a few words may not be out of place by one who belongs to the large majority of operators in this country who cannot truthfully report forty cases in one year. I shall mention, therefore, some of the dangers which have beset my path, not in the more difficult operation above mentioned, but in the methods of extraction as usually made.
After practicing medicine and surgery in private, and as surgeon in the army for nearly three years during the civil war, I studied eye diseases under the late Dr. E. Williams of Cincinnati in 1867, and entered his office later as his assistant. Dr. Williams, according to the late Dr. Samuel D. Gross of Philadelphia, was the first regular
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