Protecting Sight #96: Doesn’t everyone deserve a chance at a good life? Cataract surgery, aequanimatas, concatenate, 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 – Jim Yong Kim: Doesn’t everyone deserve a chance at a good life? “Aspirations are rising as never before across the world, thanks in large part to smartphones and the internet — will they be met with opportunity or frustration? Former President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim shares how the institution is working to improve the health and financial futures of people in the poorest countries by boosting investment and de-risking development.” (

This is a spectacular talk. 22 minutes which includes a brief Q&A. Have a box of tissues handy. And prepare to be inspired.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Equanimity under Duress. Well done. Dr. Devgan writes, “When Sir William Osler left the University of Pennsylvania’s Medical School (the first one in the USA, started in 1765) to begin his tenure at Johns Hopkins in 1889, he gave a speech entitled “Aequanimitas” which explained the principle of keeping calm and collected, equanimity, when a difficult situation is encountered. This was adapted by a great American surgeon, LeSalle Leffall, Jr, MD as “equanimity under duress” and this quickly spread to medical schools across the USA.”

3. Journal – D’Amico DJ. Observations on Ophthalmic Care and Surgery for Very Important People. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online August 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.2971.

Dr. D’Amico states, “If unrecognized and unaddressed, these influences can concatenate and result in substandard, chaotic, and even dangerous care. ”

Worth a read. Though, remember, every patient is a VIP.

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4. Book Chapter – Walt Whitman – Leaves of GrassSparknotesWikipedia, and Gutenberg. Books 15.

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