Patrick Brontë’s Cataract Surgery

cataract surgeryOn 24 August 1846, Patrick Brontë had cataract surgery performed on his eye. Charlotte Brontë, who had accompanied her father to Manchester for the operation, used this time to begin writing the book that was to make her famous, Jane Eyre (1847). Image: Traditional position for cataract surgery. Courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London.


Mary Wilson Carpenter, “A Cultural History of Ophthalmology in Nineteenth-Century Britain”

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