Book ID: CBB163836400

Spectacles and the Victorians: Measuring, defining and shaping visual capacity (2023)


Gemma Almond-Brown (Author)

Manchester University Press

Publication Date: 2023
Physical Details: 296
Language: English

This is the first full-length study of spectacles in the Victorian period. It examines how the Victorians shaped our understanding of functional visual capacity and the concept of 20:20 vision. Demonstrating how this unique assistive device can connect the histories of medicine, technology and disability, it charts how technology has influenced our understanding of sensory perception, both through the diagnostic methods used to measure visual impairment and the utility of spectacles to ameliorate its effects. Taking a material culture approach, the book assesses how the design of spectacles thwarted ophthalmologists’ attempts to medicalise their distribution and use, as well as creating a mainstream marketable device on the high street.

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Authors & Contributors
Wade, Nicholas J.
Doria, Corinne
Kremer, Richard L.
Golnoush Sadat Mahmoudi Nezhad
Babak Daneshfard
Giora, Enrico
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Medicina Historica
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Journal of Medical Biography
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of Chicago Press
Boston University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
Harvard University
Visual perception
Senses and sensation; perception
Eye chart; optotype
Rood‏, Ogden Nicholas
Purkyne, Jan Evangelista
Wells, William Charles
Peirce, Charles Sanders
Mach, Ernst
Leconte, Joseph
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century
11th century
10th century
United States
Great Britain
North America

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