Protecting Sight #156: A great reason to get a good night’s sleep. Cataract surgery for a cataract surgeon. Dr. Fauci addresses the AMA. The Frederick Douglass Papers at Yale.

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 – Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep. “The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.” (

Superb talk and I am constantly inspired by Ted Talks on the importance of sleep.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Cataract Surgery for a Cataract Surgeon. Dr. Devgan writes in part, “It is always an honor to have fellow ophthalmologists as patients. The best endorsements come from these ophthalmologists because they truly know excellence. It is also a test of focus because we have to perform at our best while under a bit of pressure. I relax, channel the mental state of flow, and I enjoy performing the procedure.”

3. AMA Interim Meeting 2020 (I-20) – Spent 5 hours today on Zoom as the AMA formulated policy to move medicine forward. I was honored by AMA Speakers Bruce Scott MD and Lisa Egbert MD as they started our session with Happy Diwali greetings. Anthony S. Fauci MD honored the AMA with his well wishes for our patient care efforts and policy work.

4. Frederick Douglass Family Papers at Yale – In between the AMA meeting, I enjoyed the extraordinary opportunity to learn about the Frederick Douglass Family Papers at Yale.

I was grateful that the last question which the collector, donor & guest speaker, Dr. Walter O. Evans, answered was the one I submitted via Zoom chat.

I asked about a favorite item which he had bid on and not won. He followed up with numerous examples of items, hints of their provenance, and meaning.

I had also submitted another question — what he thought the relationship was of being a surgeon and collector — for which I will have to wait for another day.

What a day.

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