The second best method of cataract extraction is capsulotomy ; the first is the intracapsular method. Such is the opinion of Lieutenant-Colonel H. Smith. In his book on "The Treatment of Cataract," he stated :
The time is now not far distant when David's operation will be but a tradition of the Fathers and when Barraquer's vacuum spoon will share a shelf in the museum with all the varieties of Kalt forceps, there to be inspected as objects of historical interest. For the two methods which I have described of delivering the soft and hard lens by external pressure alone are so simple and so efficient that they are bound to prevail the world over.
A study of the intracapsular operation is not one of academic or scientific interest, but it has an important and practical application to every ophthalmic surgeon. Therefore, in order to determine, if possible, the
McANDREWS LF. INTRACAPSULAR CATARACT EXTRACTION: ITS PRESENT STATUS. Arch Ophthalmol. 1931;5(1):93–126. doi:10.1001/archopht.1931.00820010103007
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