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January 17, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(3):175. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490030039005

The enormous number of operations done for cataract by the ophthalmic surgeons of India is amazing. In a recent article R. H. Elliot,1 of the Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Madras, reports a series of 500 consecutive operations for primary cataract performed in five months. A little over a year ago several of the great cataract operators of India published articles2 on this subject. At that time T. H. Pope based his conclusions on the subject of cataract extraction on 5,290 operations between 1896 and 1901, and over 4,000 done before 1896. Mr. Henry Smith, of the Jullender Civil Hospital, reported 1,804 extractions of cataract from June 1, 1899, to May 1, 1900, and 1,650 extractions from May 1, 1900, to April 2,1901. Mr. J. Lewtas wrote of 147 extractions during the "past three months." Mr. Park of Jaipur reported 2,414 operations in five years. Mr. Collins, the assistant surgeon

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