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July 29, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVII(5):351-356. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590050029011

The value of any operation must be judged not merely by the results, however brilliant, secured with that procedure in the hands of one man, perhaps the originator of that special operation, but also, if not chiefly, by the results obtained by a large number of different surgeons.

For that reason it may be worth while to record my experience, though small, with preliminary capsulotomy, the so-called "Homer Smith" operation, in the extraction of immature cataract.

It is not my intention to enter on any discussion of the relative merits of this procedure and the intracapsular extraction, now so much in vogue, as a result of the work and teachings of Colonel Smith of India. The very fact that so many operators are not as yet using the latter method is evidence that they are still seeking some other technic which to them, at least, appears not to be attended

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