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September 21, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(12):417-418. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401090021003

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A careful perusal of the comparatively short but eventful history of cataract extraction, will not only repay the reader for his trouble, on account of the interest inherent to the subject, but will also put him in possession of certain facts regarding this operation which will prove of special interest at the present moment, when the question of modifying the usual method of operating is agitating the minds of ophthalmologists.

The history of an operation is the record of men's experience therewith. Therefore when the surgeon is invited to set aside an operative procedure by which he obtains good results, and to adopt a modification of a once discarded operation, it behooves him to turn to the pages of its history, so that he may profit by the accumulated experience of others. The record should be carefully reviewed and the reasons for its having been discarded thoroughly studied. The causes

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