The year 1902 marks the third semi-centennial anniversary of the occasion on which Jacques Daviel promulgated to the world, through the Royal Academy of Surgery of Paris, "A New Method of Curing Cataract by Extracting the Crystalline Lens." It is most fitting that the ophthalmologists of the United States and, indeed, of the civilized world, recognize the event and pay tribute to the genius of the author. Daviel bequeathed to surgery one of its richest acquisitions and to humanity one of its most beneficent legacies. But I fear that both he and his benefaction are too slightingly remembered.
In my studies of his life during the past few years I have been surprised that so little has been said about him, even by his contemporaries, and that the memory of him has been permitted to lapse to such an extent as it has. Even his writings, although not numerous, have
HUBBELL AA. JACQUES DAVIEL AND THE BEGINNINGS OF THE MODERN OPERATION OF EXTRACTION OF CATARACT. AN ADDRESS COMMEMORATIVE OF THE THIRD SEMI-CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST DESCRIPTION OF THE OPERATION. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(4):177–185. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480300001001a
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