“Seeing” is believing

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:780
  1. Sumita Verma, locum consultant (
  1. liver and antiviral unit, St Mary's Hospital NHS Trust, London

    “Your next batch of students arrive tomorrow,” the administrator told me, “and one of them has a visual impairment.”

    It turned out that 20 years previously he had had retinitis pigmentosa diagnosed, and by the time he joined medical school he was registered blind. My colleagues were sceptical about his choice of profession, and we pondered how best to deal with this situation and what impact his presence would have on the rest of the team and the patients. …

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