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From the Archives of the Archives
May 11, 2009

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2009;127(5):612. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2009.93

Dr H. D. Noyes, of New York, began the discussion of the chief topic of the day, Antisepsis in Ocular Surgery, in which he detailed all of the minutiæ of modern antiseptic surgery on the eye: of the preliminary care of the patient; soap and water to the face and surrounding region; boric acid for the same district after the preliminary washing; hot water, carbolized, for the instruments; a pad to cover the eye to be wet in a 1 to 2000 bichloride solution; the instruments to be put into actually boiling water; then to be placed for a while in pure alcohol just before the operation; next great care for cleanliness by the operator himself; and sterilized dressings for the eye after the operation was done.