The basis of my claim as to the value of my operation is that it puts into the hands of the profession a method whereby the average oculist can get consistently good results (functional as well as cosmetic) if he will but study the theory of muscle work in order that he may be able to determine, in any given case, the proper muscle on which to operate.
If this claim is correct, and I hope to prove such to be the case, it necessarily follows that the vast number of cases, heretofore treated by temporizing measures, can be cured, and thus much time and suffering can be saved. The value of the method is therefore incalculable to that large class of people who have no access to those ophthalmologists who, by extended experience, are able to get good results from operations that are mechanically and surgically wrong in principle.
O'CONNOR R. A NEW SHORTENING TECHNIC WITH REPORT OF FORTY-TWO OPERATIONS. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(4):268-276. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590040022006