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Tests in Common Use for the Diagnosis of Colour Defect*

Nature volume 140, pages 532534 (25 September 1937) | Download Citation



TESTS for colour vision fall into two categories. In one type of test, transmitted light is used, in the other reflected light. While the former type of test is regarded as the more fundamental, the latter can be of great service for quick diagnosis of colour anomaly. Colour tests may be administered purely for theoretical purposes, or they may be applied for practical purposes, as selection tests for different vocations. This second function assumes its most important role in vocations in which lack of accurate discrimination between different coloured signals may involve human lives. This function is also of significance in other vocations in which the lack of colour discrimination, though not involving danger to the community, is highly disadvantageous to its possessor.

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