Excerpt from The Medical Times, Vol. 20: A Journal of Medical and Chemical Science, Literature, Criticism, and News; July 7th, to December 29th, 1849
You ought frequently to witness the operations of others, and notice the accidents or emergencies that arise, and the best method of meeting, overcoming, or avoiding them. You may often learn much from seeing the performance of a bad operator.
There are yet other conditions that should be complied with. Familiarise your fingers with the living eye, and its appendages, by the various little acts, I can scarcely call them operations, that are required of the Ophthalmic Surgeon in his ordinary daily practice. You thereby accustom yourself to the motions of the globe, and learn how to restrain, or direct them when n to control the re sistence ed'ared by the lids, and, not the least im portant, you are habituated to the restlessness and irritability of patients.
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