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February 1971

So You Have Cataracts.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;85(2):252. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.00990050254020

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One of the most important, but often frustrating, aspects of the doctor-patient relationship in ophthalmology is the necessity for explaining to patients the nature of their disease. When this disease is cataract, all ophthalmic surgeons are aware of the semantic and psychological difficulties inherent in this explanation. Even after time-consuming and painstaking explanations, the patient is likely to forget what the doctor has said if indeed it has been understood correctly in the first place. Various small brochures have been available to the ophthalmologists to give to their patients, but probably none of these has really dealt with the problem in a way satisfactory to the majority of eye surgeons.

To do that required a master, not only of cataract surgery, but also of communication. Dr. Albert E. Sloane fills both these roles. From the earliest days when we sat at his feet absorbing his lectures on refraction, it was

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