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September 21, 1912


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JAMA. 1912;LIX(12):1013-1016. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090257043

Morgagnian cataracts are not of very common occurrence and, among the younger generation of surgeons, have excited but little interest. Indeed, since 1890, no case has been presented to this Section; I find no report of any in the transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society, and Taylor,1 in reporting a case before the Ophthalmological Society of the United Kingdom, says that for thirty years past not a single instance had been brought before that society. Pathologically, they cannot be rare, and, in the past, my masters spoke of them with interest, as though they had frequently seen them. It may be that now they are not common, clinically. Perhaps it is that we are consulted earlier than the older men were, so that the cataracts we see are firmer; or more probably, we are not consulted at all by those in whom extreme hypermaturity is present, whose cases we