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In obedience to the established rule, providing that the Chairman of each Section shall read an address on the advances and discoveries of the past year in the branches of science included in his Section, I offer the following:
A retrospect for the past year will bring to our attention but little that is new. No startling discoveries have been made; no brilliant inventions heralded to the ophthalmological, otological or laryngological world; but our specialists have been far from stationary. Solid advances have been made in improving upon known methods of treatment, and confirming the value of known remedies.
It is now about two years since hydrochlorate of cocaine was given to the medical profession as a local anæsthetic of mucous membranes. It immediately marked a new era in ophthalmological surgery, and prolonged experience has not lessened one iota of the enthusiasm which was excited by its marvelous effects.
SMITH E. IN OPHTHALMOLOGY, OTOLOGY, AND LARYNGOLOGY. Delivered at the Thirty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association on Tuesday, May 5, 1886. JAMA. 1886;VI(26):701–702. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250060085001
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