I wish to say a word—probably not the last word-on the extraction of cataract in its capsule. Of the Smith operation, which in recent years has attracted the attention of the world, all that need be said has been told by Greene1 in The Journal. In the same issue Würdemann advocates the operation, but gives credit to Pagenstecher. Major Smith,2 in The Journal of September 11, shows clearly that Pagenstecher himself makes no such claim, but, on the contrary, gives credit to Smith. Smith quotes Pagenstecher as calling Smith's "the best operation in the world; I will do nothing else."
While Greene was reading his paper I saw more clearly than ever the amount of trauma necessary in the Smith operation, and became more convinced that this particular operation could never become universal. He had not finished his paper until I had drawn, on the margin of my copy
SAVAGE GC. A NEW METHOD FOR DETACHING THE CATARACT IN ITS CAPSULE. JAMA. 1909;LIII(15):1186–1188. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550150042002
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