The man who fails to study his case records, and thus gain confidence by reason of his successes and profit by his failures, does not take advantage of the best way of perfecting his medical education, begun in college; he is at his graduation but ready to learn. The successful physician is one who appreciates this fact and finds in each case fresh instruction, in each success added confidence, in each failure a warning of incomplete preparation.
It is neither because I can add to the sum of human knowledge by a recital of personal experiences, and instruct this Section concerning the technique of cataract extraction, nor gain personal glory or added notoriety that I report these cases, but because during six years of attendance at these meetings I have not heard adequately discussed the results of cataract extraction from a beginner's standpoint.
Masters of operative skill have reported their
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