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August 17, 1889

NEEDLESS AND ANNOYING RESTRAINTS IN EYE SURGERY.Read in the Section of Ophthalmology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June 26,1889.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF EYE AND EAR DISEASES IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, AND SURGEON-IN-CHIEF OF THE PRESBYTERIAN EYE, EAR AND THROAT CHARITY HOSPITAL OF BALTIMORE.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(7):226-229. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401050010002a

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Abstract

The successful surgery of the day depends largely upon the care bestowed in the carrying out of details. Many things, little in appearance but really essential, make up the summary of successful treatment. While this applies to all surgery, it embraces eye surgery as well. The successes of to-day, which make operations upon the eye the most perfect of all surgical practice, is brought about by the great care bestowed in the preparations for the operation, the manual for its performance, and the after-treatment.

In eye surgery smooth operations cover at least 75 per cent, towards successes, so that the bad results can be partly laid to traumatism, or defective operative procedures. When an eye operation is well done the surgeon may confidently expect good results. To ensure this there are certain points upon which all agree. Cleanliness holds the first place, Clean instruments, clean hands, clean dressings, clean surroundings,

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