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September 26, 1959

Les Cataractes congénitales: Rapport présenté à la Société française d'ophtalmologie, le 12 mai 1959

JAMA. 1959;171(4):493. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010220117031

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This monograph is the most recent in the annual series of reports presented to the French Ophthalmological Society. It continues the high standard of excellence established by its predecessors and is a monumental work covering all facets of congenital cataract from the embryology of the normal lens to the postoperative care of the surgically treated patient. In addition to a detailed description of the various types of congenital cataract, several chapters are devoted to general systemic diseases that are associated with it. One chapter deals with illnesses of pregnancy that have been reported to result in cataract formation in the embryo. The section on surgical treatment of congenital cataract is of particular value. One may differ with the author when he states that patients with vision of better than 0.3 (20/70) should not undergo operation since "vision of 0.4 (20/50) with accommodation is better than 0.9 (20/25) without accommodation," but

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