The chemistry of John Dalton's color blindness

  title={The chemistry of John Dalton's color blindness},
  author={David M. Hunt and Kanwaljit S. Dulai and James K. Bowmaker and John D. Mollon},
  pages={984 - 988}
John Dalton described his own color blindness in 1794. In common with his brother, he confused scarlet with green and pink with blue. Dalton supposed that his vitreous humor was tinted blue, selectively absorbing longer wavelengths. He instructed that his eyes should be examined after his death, but the examination revealed that the humors were perfectly clear. In experiments presented here, DNA extracted from his preserved eye tissue showed that Dalton was a deuteranope, lacking the middlewave… 

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  • B. Cole
  • Law
    Clinical & experimental optometry
  • 2004
This paper reviews the investigations that have contributed to understanding the nature and consequences of the problems people with abnormal colour vision have and the decisions that have been made to exclude them from employment.



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