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While Pursuing my studies in Paris in 1857, with Desmarres and Sichel, it occurred to me that there were no good reasons for the dark room and bandages then and yet in general use after operations, and I determined as soon as possible to test the question for myself.
Soon after my return to the States the war commenced, and I had but few opportunities to put my conviction into practice, but the cases treated at long intervals between 1861 and 1870 so strengthened me in my belief that I soon after entirely emancipated myself from the old routine, and now for the past twelve or fifteen years have discarded bandages and darkened rooms. So far I have only had to congratulate myself on the results, besides experiencing much satisfaction in having materially diminished the trying ordeal which necessarily follows some of these operations.... Since the introduction of cocaine I
Michel CE. Dark Rooms and Bandages Discarded in the After-Treatment of Cataract Operations, Iridectomies, etc.. Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(9):1134-1135. doi:10.1001/archopht.1996.01100140336016