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February 1932


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Oakland, Calif.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1932;7(2):297-299. doi:10.1001/archopht.1932.00820090137012

In the excellent company of hundreds of other operators, for a long time I have been seeking some betterment in the technic of the always formidable operation for cataract.

In casting about for improvement, the various instruments have been considered, rather than the method of doing the work, although that likewise has been given much thought.

It so happens that not many are given the unique opportunity of being the originator of anything radically and specifically new. Only a very few now have anything new to offer ophthalmologists. But many of this profession try—and succeed—at improvements of details that may seem trifling and of little worth, yet the aggregate of all the betterments eventually means almost a complete revamping of the operative procedure in question.

The speculum as used in cataract work is far from being the best instrument obtainable, and I have in mind some ideas on which

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