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August 18, 1923

Senile Cataract: Methods of Operating.

JAMA. 1923;81(7):602. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650070086033

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Seldom has such a group of specialists been united between two covers in discussing one subject without reaching agreement on at least one minor subheading. Each author praises the other collaborators highly and acknowledges that his technic may possibly be the vade mecum, but emphasizes that time alone (indicating centuries) will prove it. Hofrath Fuchs describes the technic used in his former clinic in Vienna, and his diction seems strangely reminiscent of the style employed so successfully by the late Mr. Noah Webster in his well known book. Ignacio Barraquer then uses ninety-four pages (nearly a third of the book) to indicate that he leans strongly toward the vacuum extraction of the cataractous lens. As this process was first described some forty years ago, which he neglects to mention, he coined the new word facoerisis for the operation. This section is profusely illustrated with excellent drawings that look as if

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