Protecting Sight #279: How to have constructive conversations. A complete cataract case, Landry-Guillain-Barré-Strohl Syndrome, the daemon, & the resistance.

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, podcast, or significant work.

Here is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Julia Dhar: How to have constructive conversations. “‘We need to figure out how we go into conversations not looking for the victory, but the progress,’ says world debate champion Julia Dhar. In this practical talk, she shares three essential features of productive disagreements grounded in curiosity and purpose. The end result? Constructive conversations that sharpen your argument and strengthen your relationships.” (

Curiosity can be relationship magic and development can be rocket fuel for your ideas. 

Julia Dhar (Ted Talk)

This is a superb Ted Talk. Filled with insights and pearls. Worth watching numerous times.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1047: Complete Cataract Case & Quiz. Great pearls.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Guillain–Barré syndrome. (or Landry-Guillain-Barré-Strohl Syndrome)

My first patient as a 3rd year medical student suffered from Guillain–Barré syndrome. I remember researching the disease in-detail for presentations, and was especially drawn to the history of the disease namesakes. As Wikipedia states, “French physician Jean-Baptiste Octave Landry first described the disorder in 1859.[42] In 1916, Georges GuillainJean Alexandre Barré, and André Strohl diagnosed two soldiers with the illness and described the key diagnostic abnormality—albuminocytological dissociation—of increased spinal fluid protein concentration but a normal cell count.[5][6][43]

The disease should be titled Landry-Guillain-Barré-Strohl Syndrome. This would honor Dr. Landry, who first described the syndrome some 50+ years before Drs. Guillain-Barré-Strohl. Many refer to the Syndrome as “GBS” to honor Drs. Guillain-Barré-Strohl.

Dr. Lee’s 450+ neuro-ophthalmology reviews are around 5 minutes each. Perfect for the busy clinician & trainee. I plan to watch one a day, from oldest to newest.

4. Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? “The Resistance” (read half the chapter as the amygdala kicked in to resist the daemon!)

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