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April 17, 1897


Author Affiliations

Ophthalmologist, Otologist and Laryngologist to the Bedford Dispensary and Hospital. BROOKLYN, N. Y.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(16):734-736. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440160016001f

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Although the operation for cataract extraction is the most important in the field of ophthalmology, still it may not require more, and probably not as much skill and judgment as many other eye operations, but the beneficial results of restoring vision to the blind are so great and marvelous to the patient and gratifying to the physician, that the operation takes first rank in surgery and its value can not be overestimated.

In this paper I wish to report the results in seventy-six consecutive cataract extractions, including complicated and uncomplicated cases, that have been done by me since November, 1891, in individuals ranging in age from 18 months to 87 years.

In all cases where the party has passed the age of 25 or 30 and the opacity interferes with useful vision, whether the cataract is mature or not, it is my praclice to remove it.

However, some of the

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