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February 4, 1899

A Treatise on Unripe Cataract.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(5):262. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450320054016

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Fourteen years ago the author addressed the Ophthalmologic Session of the British Medical Association on the treatment of immature cataracts, showing that they could be safely and successfully removed by the use of intracapsular injections and intraocular irrigations, and that therefore cataracts might be operated upon at a much earlier period than has been customary. If this can be done without any special risk for the patient, it is certainly a decided advancement of ophthalmic surgery and a great boon for those half-blind patients who are compelled patiently to wait in their helplessness often for many months and even years, for the "ripening" of their cataracts.

In this treatise the author now lays before the profession the results of his experience in about 700 cases in which the injections and irrigations have been used, during the past fourteen years. While from the nature of the subject this book may not

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