A report of the Committee on Ophthalmology of the National Research Council, Division of Medical Sciences, on the fish lens protein treatment for cataract appears elsewhere in this issue (page 707). As is mentioned in the report, an investigation was made because of widespread public interest in what appeared to be an escape from necessary surgery in the treatment of cataract. Such interest resulted from newspaper stories, which, unfortunately, aroused false hopes in many persons. These stories were based on a report in Science, a reputable scientific weekly, in September, 1952.1 Since that time two or three physicians in the New York metropolitan area have treated many patients. The Journal has published an earlier warning2 of possible untoward results of this injection therapy, and the dangers of this therapy are again mentioned in a clinical note in this issue (page 698).
The principal author of the Science report
A MEDICAL FISH STORY. JAMA. 1953;152(8):710. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690080054015