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History of Ophthalmology in the Asia Pacific
This exhibit explores and celebrates the roots of ophthalmology in the Asia Pacific. These roots are found by looking at historical evidence - following a trail from ancient times to approximately the 15th Century.
Medical knowledge in the Asia Pacific was largely insular for thousands of years. Starting in the 1400s, European countries began commercial exploration of the world and their influence would end up transforming trade, politics, and medicine throughout the region. Although our exhibit ends with this exploration, traditional medicine in the Asia Pacific is seeing a resurgence as modern governments reinvest in their native models, creating a dialog between Western and traditional practice.