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August 27, 1892

THE TREATMENT OF INCIPIENT CATARACT.Read in the Section of Ophthalmology, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(9):258. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420090020002h

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The surgery mania is so prevalent in our profession that the suggestion of other therapeutic agents is not always tolerated; especially is this true of cataract. In fact, the modern therapeutics of cataract is excessively surgical. Noyes admits that cataract has been cured by medicinal agents, but it seems to him so questionable that he has not even formulated a treatment for it. While Edward Meyer "believes that the recorded cases of recovery from cataract by medication may be attributed to error of diagnosis." (Sic.) Such being the teaching of modern authors, it is not probable that many oculists have undertaken a persistent systematic treatment of incipient cataract. No one, I apprehend, will deny my contention that an incipient cataract, while the eye has an acuity of vision equal to the average aphakous eye should be stopped, if possible, even though there should not be any improvement of sight, but

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