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has demonstrated that the subcutaneous injec.
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venomous reptiles and inse ts. convinced of the importance of raising children
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Original Communications. -he should quickly and at some distance
(20— 40 feet) be able to locate the direction
whence the brightness comes. Short articles on the treatment of diseases, and experience
with new remedies, are solicited from the profession for Again, comparing the density of the cataract this department; also difficult cases for diagnosis and
with the power of light perception, the
diff nce between the two may be so striking Articles accepted must be contributed to this jourual only. The editors are not responsible for views expressed by as to indicate serious internal difficulty to the contributors.
thoughtful surgeon. Still again, the pupil may Copy must be received on or before the twelfth of the be very inactive, and not readily respond to
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the stimulus of light, thus demonstrating a Certainly it is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he
weak perceptive power. All these conditions must say all he has to say in the fewest possible words, or -marked limitations of the field, feeble prohis reader is sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words, or his reader will certainly misunderstand them.
jecting ability, a great disproportion between Generally, also, a downright fact may be told in a plain the opacity of the lens and the perception of uay; and ze want downrighi facts at present more than anything else.-RUSKIN.
light, a sluggish or inactive pupil-all these
point to some serious internal lesion, disease of READ. REFLECT. COMPARE. RECORD. the retina and optic nerve, atrophy of the
choroid, turbid vitreous, etc. Under these Cataract.- Question and Reply.
circumstances, the prognosis may be so doubtEDITOR MEDICAL WORLD:-Dr. Brown, of
ful as to warrant the experienced oculist in reMilwaukee, Wis., gʻves us a very interesting fusing an operation. dissertation on the differential diagnosis be- (6) The tension of the eye-ball (its softness tween glaucoma and cataract. I would be to touch) may be so far below normal as to pleased to have an article from him on catar- justify the diagnosis of detached retina, a conact. I recently examined two very interesting
dition precluding a successful operation. cases in the same family. One aged fourteen (c) A surgeon may not be willing to risk years, the other seven years. Both had catar- his reputation by operating on a case which, act from birth, and bɔth cases were pronounced in his opinion, is likely to result disastrously incurable by prominent oculists. The lenses to his patient and himself. We have often are pearly white, but vision is not entirely de- heard that liberal minded oculist, Dr. Carrow, stroyed in either case—that is, they can dis- of the University of Mich., say to his students, cover a lighted lamp in the room. Now, if -"A surgeon has no right to refuse an operathey are not curable I would like to know why. ti yn when everything is to be gained and nothThe optic nerve seems to be perfectly healthy, ing lost.”. If the condition of things is careor why should they discern light? Why wait fully explained beforehand, and well underfor a cataract to ripen? and what is the philo stood by patient and friends, an operation sophy of a cataract ripening?
under these circumstances would redound Dr. Brown's article appears in March rather to the credit than the disadvantage of WORLD, page 92.
the conscientous surgeon. Linwood, Kan. J. D. WARFORD, M.D. 2. What is the philosophy (pathology) of a
ripening cataract? EDITOR MEDICAL WORLD:-Complying with The crystalline lens is made up of long the request of Dr. Warford, Linwood, Kansas, fibers, or rather very elongated cells arranged for an article on cataract, I will confine myself in a peculiar manner. The central fibers are to the points mentioned by him, the general known as the “nucleus "'--the external cells, subject being too broad for one sitting.
as the "cortex." I speak now of senile 1. Why should an oculist refuse an opera. cataract, to which reference is apparently tion on a congenital cataract as useless, when made. As age advances the lens gradually there is a perception of light on the part of the hardens. This is a normal condition. This patient i
hardening begins in the nucleus. Between the He may do so for one or more of the follow- nucleus of a normal senile len; and a senile ing reasons :
cataractous lens, there is little difference in (a) In his judgment, the perception of light transparency. Sometimes, however, the nucleus may not be sufficient to warrant an operation.
of a senile lens hardens in an irregular manner, To discern light is not always enough to justify that is, differently from the usual and natural operative measures. The whole field must be way. This irregularity in hardening is suptaken into consideration. A pa:ient should posed to make such an alteration in the external not only see light immediately in front of the fibers 01 cortex as to cause them to become eye, but also when the illumination comes swollen, granular, disintegrated and divided from positions to the right, left, above, below, by fissures, the result of which is a loss of transparency, and, in time, a dense opacity-a upon the eye, in a dark room. !f the external cataract. Between the cells are found particles or cortical part of the lens be opaque or ripe, of coagulated matter, which also help to destroy no shadow will be thrown by the edge of the the clearness of the lens.
iris, because it rests upon an opaque surface, 3. Why should we wait for a cataract to the hardened lens. If the outer part of the ripen?
lens be still transparent, the edge of the iris In mature cataract, the lens is sclerosed, and will th. ow a shadow upon the hard centre of consequently somewhat shrunken. This the lens, which shadow will correspond in shrinking causes the lens to be more or less width wich the thickness of the cortical lens loose in its capsule, and detaches from it every substance, which still remains transparent. part of the cortex. Being now smaller than With a little patience, this test will be satisnormal, and completely separated from its en
factory. veloping capsule, it is easily removed, leaving 2. Dilake the pupil, and expose the whole no lens substance behind to awake inflamma- lens. Examine carefully. If the striæ or tion and destroy the effect of the operation. lines of hardening upon the surface of the lens On the other hand, if the cataract be removed are fine and opaque looking, the cataract is before it is ripe, some particles of the cortex mature. If the lines are broad and glittering, which adheres to the capsule remain behind, of various shades, some like mother of pearl, and, being transparent, are not observed at the the lens is likely not mature. In a few weeks time of the operation. Sooner or later these the difference in hue and appearance between fibers become opaque ; appear in the pupillary the striæ will be seen to be less, and finally to space, ruining vision, causing unpleasant in- disappear. The cataract is now ripe. flammatory reaction, and oftentimes destroying 3. Dilate the pupil. With an ophthalmosthe eye itself.
copic mirror, throw a good reflected light upon Dr. E. E. Hagler, University of Michigan, the lens. A mature cataract should not permit recently reported to me such a case. A patient the slightest red reflex from the fundus. had been operated upon for cataract by an eye: 4. A test for favorable prognosis: In a dark surgeon. Shortly after the operaticn the pupil room throw a faint light, reflected from a hand was found filled with opaque matter. A second mirror, upon the eye at a distance of from two operation was performed at the University to four feet. In a promising case, the patient clinic, and the mass removed proved to be a should distinctly recognize the illumination collection of lens fibers, which had escaped and also the directions whence it comes. Any removal at the hands of the first operator. slowness of perception in these particulars is Fair vision, however, resulted. On the other suspicious, and points to a more or less unhand, Dr. Flemming Carrow informs me in a. favorable result. I trust that these tests may private communication, that during the past be useful to some one. winter he has removed in his clinic several Often do I see patients who have come from cataracts, where he could perceive a distinct a great distance to have a cataract removed red reflex through the lens, and that the results long before it is ready for an operation. Such were good, and the operations not difficult. It could be saved much expense and trouble, did may be that the experience of such bold their family physician, use a little more care in though careful and conscientious operators, making his diagnosis. All of the above may in time modify the classic opinion as to "reasons" and "tests' can easily be under. the necessity of perfect ripeness before operat- stood by any intelligent practitioner, and if ing on a case of cataract. The revived practice they shall be helpful to any such of my brethof syringing out the capsule and anterior ren, the trouble of writing them out will be chamber with a mild antiseptic solution after amply compensated for. operation, and the desirable results claimed
BELNO ADDISON BROWN, M. D. from it, may also aid in bringing about some 201 Grand Avenue, Milwaukee, Wis. modification of the present practice, a change very agreeable to those patients, who, after
Monstrosities and Maternal Impressions. blindness occurs, are obliged to wait a long EDITOR MEDICAL WORLD :-On the 22nd and tedious time for their cataracts to mature. day of April, '92, I was summoned to attend
Finally, the following simple tests for deter- Mrs. W., in this city, who was then in severe mining the ripeness of a cataractous lens may labor. When I reached her bedside I found, be found useful by the general practitioner :- upon examination, slight dilatation and the
1. The edge of the iris rests upon the crys- head presenting, though the tense waterbag pretalline lense throughout its entire margin vented accuracy of diagnosis.
Wishing to There is nothing between the two, ex.ept the allow every advantage of dilatation, I did not very thin lens capsule. Bearing this in mind, interfere for some time with the amniotic throw an oblique focal light of medium strength membranes