[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
July 1992

An Interview With David Glendenning Cogan, MD (Ophthalmology Oral History Series—A Link With Our Past)

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1992;110(7):924. doi:10.1001/archopht.1992.01080190030014

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


We are indebted to Dr Hughes and the American Academy of Ophthalmology for this set of interviews with the greatest living ophthalmologist. The oral history is a useful way of simultaneously recording facts and trying to untangle the mystery of creativity.

Those who are familiar with Dr Cogan's professional contributions and achievements, but have not had the privilege of knowing him personally, will enjoy the fascinating recollections and anecdotes of his early personal and professional life told with simplicity, humility, and wit. The interviewer is to be congratulated for eliciting many typical facets of Dr Cogan's personality and character. One of his most endearing qualities, for example, his unyielding loyalty to his friends, comes through loudly and clearly. Also, his closeness to his wife "Did" permeates the entire volume.

"... his unyielding loyalty to his friends, comes through loudly and clearly."

Of the many institutions that have benefited by Dr Cogan's

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview