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December 22, 1923


Author Affiliations

Sidcup, Kent, England. Lieutenant Colonel, Indian Medical Service.

JAMA. 1923;81(25):2134. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650250062028

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To the Editor:  —I have just received the presession book of the Section on Ophthalmology containing the paper on cataract read by Dr. Hans Barkan at the recent annual session of the American Medical Association [The Journal, this issue, p. 2086]. I have not personally had the pleasure of meeting either Dr. Barkan or Dr. Meller.The facts are not Dr. Barkan's but are those of Dr. Meller, and they seem to me to deserve some comment. The paper deals with 249 extractions; of these, 174 are treated in a separate group as uncomplicated. The remainder, amounting to no less than 30 per cent., are treated as complicated. Why reject to a category on which no reputation is to be based as many as 30 per cent.? It is more than three times as many as we encounter in practice, unless we are scouring up the cases rejected by every

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