BlindnessBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5680 (Published 20 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5680
- Ross Elledge, foundation year 1 doctor, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester
Blindness could serve as standalone testimony to why José Saramago was awarded the 1998 Nobel prize for literature. In the novel Saramago explores a public health nightmare as a society is faced with an epidemic of contagious blindness. A man goes blind at the traffic lights while sitting in his car; he is helped by a stranger who promptly goes blind himself.
Central to the book is an ophthalmologist who goes blind before he can finish reading the textbooks and stand a chance of solving this affliction. He remains a beacon of hope and solace throughout the book for his blind companions, a voice of reason in …