Protecting Sight #36: The surprising science of alpha males. Ruptured globe, Horner’s Syndrome, & Cystic fibrosis challenges

Welcome to day #36 of my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Frans de Waal – The surprising science of alpha males. “In this fascinating look at the ‘alpha male,’ primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders. His research reveals some of the unexpected capacities of alpha males — generosity, empathy, even peacekeeping — and sheds light on the power struggles of human politicians. ‘Someone who is big and strong and intimidates and insults everyone is not necessarily an alpha male,” de Waal says.’ (

This was a Ted trending talk. A superb talk which explains many mannerisms seen in daily life! 15 minutes and well worth a listen.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Ruptured Globe: Key Teaching Points. Well done, Uday. 12 minutes and worth watching many times.

3A. Journal – JAMA Clinical Challenge – Acute Ptosis in a Middle-aged Man With Hypertension | JAMA Ophthalmology

3B. Journal – Retinal Whitening After Lung Transplant for Cystic Fibrosis | Infectious Diseases | JAMA Ophthalmology

JAMA Ophthalmology‘s Clinical Challenges are excellent. Their Twitter feed includes images & vignettes to stimulate clinical decision making.

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Title page, First edition, 1851 (Wikipedia)

4. Book Chapter – Herman Melville – Moby Dick. Listened to Chapters 97-104 via See also Sparknotes (narration) and Gutenberg (book text).

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Please send me feedback! Also, would appreciate suggestions of Ted Talks, cataract videos, and journal articles to share.

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