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March 1959

Incision and Closure in Cataract Extraction

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(3):431-452. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090433013

I consider it a great honor to have been invited to give the Charles H. May Memorial Lecture. Dr. May was an accomplished ophthalmologist, teacher, and writer. Although I did not know him personally, I have a feeling of close acquaintance because of his widely known textbook. This book served as my introduction to ophthalmology and helped to create an interest which eventually led to my choice of ophthalmology as a career.

The invitation to give this lecture included a request to speak upon some phase of cataract extraction. I have chosen to discuss methods of incision and wound closure. These topics are two of the most important phases of cataract operation, and, although it has been over 200 years since Daviel first removed a lens, methods of making and closing the incision still are widely debated. I became extremely interested in methods of wound closure early in my residency,

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