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February 1957

Cataract Surgery—Its Evolution and Practice.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1957;57(2):322. doi:10.1001/archopht.1957.00930050332030

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Books on cataract surgery are always of interest to the ophthalmologist. This book by the eminent Indian ophthalmologist describes the evolution of cataract surgery from the earliest recorded times to the present. He divides it into three sections: The first period is dominated by the ancient Hindu Master of surgery, Susruta, who practiced the couching method of cataract operation several thousand years before Christ. It is interesting to note that some of the pre- and postoperative treatments of Susruta still influence our present views on the handling of cataract patients. The second period starts in 1748 A. D., with the eminent French ophthalmic surgeon, Daviel, who popularized the extracapsular method of cataract extraction. The third period includes the modern times and features mainly the intracapsular method of cataract extraction as described by the leading ophthalmologists of the twentieth century.

The author then continues the second half of the book with

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