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June 4, 1887

THE GALVANIC CURRENT IN THE TREATMENT OF CERTAIN FORMS OF CATARACT.Read before the Chicago Society of Ophthalmology and Otology, February 8, 1887,

JAMA. 1887;VIII(23):619-622. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391480003001a

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The following extract is from Erb's "Handbook of Electro-Therapeutics:" "Among diseases of the lens, cataract has been drawn recently into the field of electro-therapeutics. Neftel created no little excitement in the ophthalmological camp by a report of two cases of undoubted beginning cataract, in which all the symptoms of the cataract were relieved by methodical galvanic treatment, and visual power restored completely. After a sharp criticism of these statements by Hirschberg, Neftel acknowledged that the opacities of the lens, demonstrable with the ophthalmoscope, had not disappeared entirely, and explained the undoubted improvement of the eyesight to a removal of a molecular opacity, which was not recognizable upon ophthalmoscopic examination. He adds also that galvanic applications exert an influence, though not to any great extent, upon the opacities of ripe cataracts."

This subject is, therefore, still in its infancy, but its importance justifies further careful experiments, mainly with reference to beginning

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