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August 11, 1917

Cataract, Senile, Traumatic and Congenital.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(6):488. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590330072031

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Had the title of this work been "Extracts from the Literature of the Smith-Indian Extraction of Senile Cataract," it would have conveyed a much truer idea of its contents. The whole subject of traumatic and congenital cataracts, their causation and treatment, is dismissed in ten pages; about five pages are devoted to other methods of removing senile cataract, while the remainder of the book, say, one hundred pages, consists mostly of previously published articles and chapters on the removal of cataract in its unruptured capsule, chiefly by Vail, Wright, Greene, Colonel Smith and the author. Long extracts from popular textbooks—de Schweinitz, Fuchs, Weeks, Swanzy — also take up a good deal of space. There are many rather poor electrotypes illustrating the book, some of which, especially of the author's modifications of the instruments or methods of others, are considered of such prime importance that they are repeated. For instance, identical

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