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I too am colour blind. I studied to be a veterinary surgeon, but
after two years (pre-clinical) I left that course. I had failed no exams.
I was amazed that I could ask for help with colour determination.
I left for a complex of reasons, but I think I always had a nagging
doubt about my colour blindness. How could I even assess the colour of
mucous membranes properly ? Could I rely on the owner ? Colour is critical
in so many different ways, yet it is an area in which I communicate in a
totally different language to most other people. Should I have been able
to continue when I could never learn the language ?
No competing interests
15 February 2002
Michael A McDowall
Stroke Registries Co-ordinator
University of Edinburgh Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, EH4 2XU