It is a pleasant privilege to give this Charles H. May Lecture.* The occasion has also prompted me to acquaint myself with the life and times of a person whom I never knew personally, but whose name was one of the first contacts which I, like so many other medical students, had with ophthalmology. May's Manual is, as you all know, a pedagogical phenomenon. It has gone through 78 editions in 11 different languages since its first appearance in 1900.1 I understand the 23rd American edition is soon to be published.
What I did not know until I did some background probing in preparation for this lecture was that the first edition had been published at the author's expense in order to keep the price at $2 a copy and that the subsequent editions were published by a "gentleman's agreement" with never a contact between the author and publisher.
COGAN DG. Dissociated Nystagmus With Lesions in the Posterior Fossa. Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;70(3):361–368. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960050363016
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