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A color image of a cataract surgery. Two doctors are seated with bending over the patient. A nurse appears in the bottom right of the image.

'Cataracts'
(figure 269, page 301)
©May H. Lesser


There is a basic tenderness between the large and small forms, teacher and student, their hands and the patient's eye, which produces a rhythm of composition. This is in contrast to angular forms and jagged shapes which are a part of unhappy lives and unresolved social conditions. The old woman was able to converse with her doctors while the cataract was being removed, and she was constantly being reassured all was well. The voices were hushed in the room because the patient was conscious. The professor quietly and patiently assisted the resident. The procedure was done through an operating microscope which enlarged the eye sixteen times. The lens is frozen and then removed.