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From the Archives of the Archives
May 2001

A look at the past. . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(5):767. doi:10.1001/archopht.119.5.767

. . . when Col Smith introduced his operation for the intracapsular extraction of cataract, ophthalmic surgeons were much struck by the beauty of the operation, and the skill of the originator. Sir John Parsons referred to his visit to St Louis and watching Dr Green operate by the Col Smith method. He was not favorably impressed by the results; at the same time he thought"show operations" were a great mistake, as, under these conditions, it was difficult to fairly assess the value of a particular operation. His own view was that intracapsular methods must of necessity be accompanied by increased dangers to the patient's eye.