Protecting Sight #95: Why do we blame individuals for economic crises? Cataract surgery post-COVID hiatus, Erdheim-Chester disease, and Leaves of Grass.

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 – Liene Ozoliņa – Why do we blame individuals for economic crises? “In 2008, the global financial crisis decimated Latvia. As unemployment skyrocketed, the government slashed public funding and raised taxes, while providing relief to the wealthy and large businesses — all without backlash or protest from struggling citizens. Sociologist Liene Ozoliņa examines how Latvian officials convinced their people to accept responsibility for the country’s failing economy — and highlights the rise of similar social policies upholding inequality worldwide.” (

This was a featured new talk.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Surgeon returns after a 3 month hiatus. Great hands and great case.

Coronal (A) and axial T1 postcontrast (B) shows avid homogeneous enhancement of intraorbital lesions.

3. Journal Malhotra A, Seifert K, Fisayo AA. Rare Case of Bilateral Orbital MassesJAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(9):1074–1075. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.1053

Walt Whitman, steel engraving, July 1854.jpg

4. Book Chapter – Walt Whitman – Leaves of GrassSparknotesWikipedia, and Gutenberg. Books 13-14.

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