Protecting Sight #79: The spellbinding art of human anatomy.

Welcome to 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 – Vanessa Ruiz – The spellbinding art of human anatomy. “Vanessa Ruiz takes us on an illustrated journey of human anatomical art over the centuries, sharing captivating images that bring this visual science — and the contemporary artists inspired by it — to life. ‘Anatomical art has the power to reach far beyond the pages of a medical textbook,’ she says, ‘connecting our innermost selves with our bodies through art.'”(

As a fan of Leonardo da Vinci & his successors, I loved this talk. Frank Netter MD was the leading human anatomical artist when I was a medical student, and Ruiz has inspired me to revisit anatomy illustrations with a new appreciation.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD Bare Sclera Pterygium Surgery. Nice case and narration.

2B. Cataract Surgery – Richard J. Mackool MD – Episode 13: Correction of Negative Dysphotopsia by Optic Capture After Capsulorhexis Enlargement.

2C. Cataract Surgery – Richard J. Mackool MD – Episode 14: Restoring Vision to a Special Young Man. Extraordinary case under local anesthesia.

3. Journal article – Patel, Samir N. MD1; Starr, Matthew R. MD1; Obeid, Anthony MD1; Ryan, Edwin H. MD2; Ryan, Claire BA2; Forbes, Nora J. MS2; Soares, Rebecca R. MD1; Ammar, Michael MD1; Patel, Luv G. MD1; Capone, Antonio Jr MD3; Emerson, Geoffrey G. MD, PhD4; Joseph, Daniel P. MD PhD5; Eliott, Dean MD6; Regillo, Carl D. MD1; Gupta, Omesh P. MD, MBA1; Hsu, Jason MD1; Yonekawa, Yoshihiro MD1 for the Primary Retinal Detachment Outcomes (PRO) Study Group. Characteristics and Surgical Outcomes of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment in Older Adults, Retina: August 25, 2020 – doi: 10.1097/IAE.0000000000002969.

Well done, retina colleagues. I wonder if the IRIS Registry will eventually add insight to this paper’s findings.

4. Book Chapter – Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau., SparkNotes, and Gutenberg. Chapter 17.

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