Simmons Lessell, MD elevated the case report to a high art. His descriptions of toxic optic neuropathy, cerebral
achromatopsia, palinopsia, indirect optic nerve trauma, and idiopathic pachymeningitis are examples of the most
luminous prose in the medical literature. His fellows likened him to a “gaon,” a rabbi of exceptional erudition who
was often asked to settle difficult issues.
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah