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From the Archives of the Archives
July 2000

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(7):944. doi:10-1001/pubs.Ophthalmol.-ISSN-0003-9950-118-7-eya00001

The history of the intracapsular cataract extraction goes back many years. At the Amsterdam Congress in 1929, Marquez spoke of a book published in 1789 in which the intracapsular extraction with forceps was described. About 1850, McNamara, of Calcutta, practiced a method of intracapsular extraction by combined external pressure applied just back of the incision with the curet and at the opposite limbus with the tip of the finger; and Wright, of Columbus, Ohio, described a similar method at about the same time.

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