That intracapsular extraction of a cataract is a well established procedure there is no doubt, but the fact that it is far from a settled question and one that is still frowned on by many operators prompted me to report on the operation.
The following is a report of the cases seen by me during my stay at Professor Elschnig's clinic in Prague, along with a brief outline of the technic used.
A few words might be profitably said as to the care of patients before operation. As a routine, the following procedures are carried out in all cases of cataract: Irrigation of the lacrimal apparatus is performed to detect any pathologic process. Two sterile cultures in serum bouillon, on successive days, must be obtained from the conjunctival sac before operation. Two or three days before operation oxycyanide of mercury, 1: 5,000, is instilled into the eye