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October 9, 1937

Cataract: Its Preventive and Medical Treatment: For Specialists, General Practitioners and Students

JAMA. 1937;109(15):1225. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780410063032

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Abstract

The author, after discussing the history and etiology of senile cataract, takes up in order the symptoms of incipient, immature and mature cataracts, and their pathogenesis and spectroscopy. This is all a review and nothing new is contributed. Under treatment he first discusses errors of refraction and dietary treatment. In chapter X, on other methods of nonoperative treatment of cataract, he enumerates the use of various drugs, vitamins, endocrine preparations and lens antigen in which he is most interested and with which he is most concerned. He gives a series of case reports in which he endeavors to prove that with the use of lens antigen the cataract in the second unoperated eye was either arrested or partially absorbed with maintenance or improvement of vision. He cites the experience of other observers who differ with him in their conclusions as well as those who support his views. The book does

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