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From the Archives of the Archives
June 2007

A look at the past. . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(6):764. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.6.764

Still we hold conflicting views, perhaps because they are many of them founded, not on rigid investigation and experiment, but, as is often unavoidable, on more or less hasty impressions and on prejudice. I may as well say, to begin with, that my prejudice was in favor of boiling alkaline solutions for sterilizing instruments, and that my experiments were undertaken to see if the objection brought forward against this method were well founded. My preference for this was founded, of course, on the overwhelming weight of evidence accumulated by general surgeons from Schimmelbusch down.