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February 1997

Eyes in the Storm, President Hopkin's Dilemma: The Dartmouth Eye Institute

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Rochester, Minn

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(2):296-297. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100150298040

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Eyes in the Storm is the saga of the rise and fall of the Dartmouth Eye Institute, Hanover, NH. Beyond its careful documentation of history, the book has great value and relevance as a case study of the love-hate relationship between academic creativity and the societal institutions on which the sustenance of that creativity depends. No person who has ever shouldered administrative responsibility or championed a new idea will fail to see the reflection of many of his or her own dilemmas in this extensively researched and entertainingly written book.

The book consists of 6 chapters that take the reader through the mysterylike tale of the lives of the 2 main characters: Adelbert Ames II, LLB, an artistic and imaginative academician, and Ernest Martin Hopkins, president of Dartmouth College for 29 years (1916-1945).

brings the Dartmouth Eye Institute back to life  Chapter 1 describes the early years of Ames and

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