Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History 2019-01-17T19:30:13-05:00 David A. Goss Open Journal Systems <p><em>Hindsight: The Journal of Optometry History</em> is the quarterly publication of The Optometric Historical Society (OHS), a program of Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation (OC). This journal publishes a variety of material that contributes new knowledge to optometry history, interprets historical sources from unique perspectives, and guides others in their research. The purpose of the journal is to enrich the scholarship and engender a deeper understanding of optometry’s role in all aspects of society and culture. ISSN &nbsp;2374-3271.</p> Front Matter 2018-11-06T11:11:02-05:00 Kirsten Hebert, Ms. 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## News 2018-11-06T11:20:08-05:00 Kirsten Hebert, Ms. 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## From the Editor 2019-01-17T19:30:13-05:00 David A. Goss, Dr. <p>Historical narratives reflect the biases of their creators. In order to promote his own interests, sporting goods magnate A.G. Spalding created a "creation myth" that baseball was a uniquely American sport which evolved from the English game "rounders."&nbsp;While historians later debunked this assertion and established an earlier and more complicated origin story for baseball, Spalding's historical narrative persists in popular culture. Optometry has a similar "creation myth" which holds that the profession began at the turn-of-the 20th century in the United States with the founding members of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the move to make optometry a legislated profession. However, optometry's origins are much older, beginning in the late 13th century and, therefore, can be divided into periods. The period beginning in 1890 and which saw the founding of the AOA should be viewed as the beginning of "modern optometry." Optometry historians should recognize the importance of all periods of optometry history.</p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## History of the School of Optometry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University 2018-11-06T12:04:17-05:00 George Woo, Dr. <p>The origin of the School of Optometry at Hong Kong Polytechnic University can be traced to the 1970s when the Institute of Medical and Health Care was founded. The overarching theme in the development of the program has focused on blindness prevention, therapeutic treatment and eye health education.This article details the evolution of the School from 1978 when a certificate course in Ophthalmic Optics was offered to 2012 when the Doctor of Health science Optometry Programme was founded.&nbsp; Article is reprinted in part from Decades of Success of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 2018, George Woo, Editor.</p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Darrell Boyd Harmon (1898-1975) 2019-01-17T19:30:13-05:00 David A. Goss, Dr. <p>Darrell Boyd Harmon (1898-1975) was an educator who researched the impact of environment and vision on learning in school-aged children. Harmon published several works designed to help improve the ergonomic conditions in classrooms to improve handwriting, cognition and performance. While controversial to some, Harmon is considered by many as an innovator that has contributed to our knowledge of how to optimize learning particularly for children with vision problems.</p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Some Memorable Faculty Members at Pacific University College of Optometry in the Early 1970s 2018-11-06T12:40:17-05:00 David A. Goss, Dr. <p>Continued from Volume 49, Number 2, this part in the series provides a history of the Pacific University College of Optometry in the early 1970s, focusing on administrators such as Bradford W. Wild (1927- ) and Earle L. Hunter III, O.D. (1929-2014)</p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Leonardo Da Vinci. Walter Isaacson. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017. 2018-11-06T12:45:51-05:00 David A. Goss, Dr. <p>Book review.</p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Learning from Leonardo: Decoding Notebooks of a Genius. Fritjof Capra. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2013. 2018-11-06T12:53:58-05:00 David A. Goss, Dr. <p>Book review.</p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci. Bulent Atalay. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. 2018-11-06T12:59:11-05:00 David A. Goss, Dr. <p>Book review.</p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Treating Museum Objects as Text: A Case Study 2019-01-17T19:30:13-05:00 Kirsten Hebert, Ms. <p>Medical instrument collections are neglected primary source material that can be used to produce original scholarship on the<br>history of medicine and the history of optometry. Opening museum collections and associated archives to researchers allows<br>collections managers to simultaneously address curatorial backlogs, facilitate research, and provide a foundation for crafting<br>public-facing exhibits. In order to add to the historiography, research should not only focus on the technical aspects of the<br>instruments, but also employ theory to examine of the meaning of the objects in context. In this way, objects can be a vehicle for<br>understanding broader themes in the history of medicine and reveal their utility as material evidence of the impact of medicine<br>on society and culture. This two-part article includes a historiography of ophthalmic instruments and a case study in which an assemblage of ophthalmometers in the Archives &amp; Museum of Optometry collection are treated as “text” to explore the nature of power in the doctor-patient relationship in early optometry.</p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## End Matter 2018-11-06T13:14:39-05:00 Kirsten Hebert, Ms. 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##