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June 1938


Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;19(6):902-911. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850180054003

Any one moderately familiar with ophthalmic literature cannot help but be curiously impressed by the prolific number of reports regarding the efficiency of, and fine results obtained with, a multitude of different surgical technics employed for the removal of cataract. It is difficult for any one to judge impartially the best among a dozen or more different operative procedures when one is not equally familiar by adequate experience with all of them. Arruga1 recently pointed out that an operator who possesses a practice of several years with a technic which has become his routine is not easily convinced of the advisability of changing it without reasons and facts having considerable weight. It is necessary that the technic which he does not use present advantages such that they compensate for the trouble involved in changing habits already acquired.

While the technic of cataract extraction does remain largely

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