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October 1946

EXPOSURE AND FIXATION OF THE EYE IN THE EARLY DAYS OF CATARACT EXTRACTION

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Ophthalmol. 1946;36(4):484-497. doi:10.1001/archopht.1946.00890210492004
Abstract

OPHTHALMOLOGY, which might be likened to a highly specialized organ in the "body medical," has been characterized by an unfailing tendency to absorb into itself with imperious force whatever good might come within its grasp, while rejecting from its constitution all empiric elements which might have affected its vitality and, so to speak, metabolically, hindered the development of a creature which has, in time, influenced all medicine and led to the happiness of the world. It should be profitable for us as ophthalmologists, in this fiftieth century since the earlier recordings, to remind ourselves that this development has been but slowly progressive and that the hidden forces within the body were derived usually from single inventions or observations.

Today the tyro is inclined to accept the present status as he finds it, oblivious of how laboriously the science has struggled to attain its, so great, stature. He accepts as matters

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