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December 17, 1904


Author Affiliations

Professor of Ophthalmology and Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology in the University College of Medicine; Senior Surgeon to the Richmond Eye, Ear, Throat and Nose Infirmary. RICHMOND, VA.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(25):1861-1865. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500250002h

The subject of infection of the eye following operations that expose the interior of the globe to the possibility of bacterial invasion, such as cataract extractions, needle operations and iridectomies, is one of doubtful interest in these days of modern antiseptic methods, because such an unfortunate result of an operation is regarded askance, as if it could only have happened through neglect of well-established precautions by the operator.

I suppose this accounts for the fact that it is hardly mentioned by our latter-day text-books, it being taken for granted that if these precautions are taken, it is hardly worth the space or time to discuss a bare possibility, as the space is needed for what is more commonly met with. Moreover, when it does occur it is practically regarded as a hopeless affection, not remediable by any known methods of treatment, and this pessimistic aspect of the subject