Protecting Sight #102: The real story of Rosa Parks. The myopic rhexis, adrenal insufficiency, pseudotumor cerebri, Leaves of Grass, and the Knowledge Project.

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 – David Ikard: The real story of Rosa Parks — and why we need to confront myths about black history. “Black history taught in US schools is often watered-down, riddled with inaccuracies and stripped of its context and rich, full-bodied historical figures. Equipped with the real story of Rosa Parks, professor David Ikard highlights how making the realities of race more benign and digestible harms us all — and emphasizes the power and importance of historical accuracy.” (

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – measure the capsulorhexis in high myopia. Dr. Devgan writes, “In this large, myopic eye the white-to-white diameter is 12.6 mm and the pupil dilation is 8 mm. We use the capsulorhexis forceps, which have marks the 2.5 mm and 5 mm from the tip, to measure as we create the capsular opening. There are other methods as well such as using marks on the cornea or employing a femtosecond laser. Note that I do not have a financial interest in the forceps which bear my name. You can use a disposable steel keratome to engrave similar marks on your existing forceps.”

Case 1 of Episodic Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome, With a Beclomethasone Inhaler

3. Journal – Shah V, Hoyos-Martinez A, Horne VE. Association of Adrenal Insufficiency With Pediatric Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online September 17, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.3322

Walt Whitman, steel engraving, July 1854.jpg

4. Book Chapter – Walt Whitman – Leaves of GrassSparknotesWikipedia, and Gutenberg. Book 21 (Part I).

5. Podcast – Episode 92: Lisa Feldman Barrett: Balancing the Brain Budget — “Neuroscientist, psychologist and author, Lisa Feldman Barrett discusses the complexities of the brain, our emotions, improving ourselves and our relationship with others, making good decisions and giving yourself an existential break.”

A wonderful episode. Shane Parrish asks superbly insightful questions.

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