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From the Archives of the Archives
August 2001

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(8):1142. doi:10.1001/archopht.119.8.1142

Dr P. Watson-Williams said that recently much investigation had taken place to find a satisfactory substitute for cocaine. The toxicity of cocaine and its abuse by the narcomaniac had brought the matter much into the public eye. Mr R. Foster Moore pointed out that those local anesthetics were used in different ways by the various specialities. Speaking as an ophthalmic surgeon for infiltration anaesthesia he was entirely satisfied with novocaine 2 per cent, but for intraocular operations cocaine so far led the field.

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