Protecting Sight #306: Courage is contagious. Angle sweep & oculopalatal myoclonus. On writing well.

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 – Damon Davis: Courage is contagious. “When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary “Whose Streets?” tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate.” (

Five minute Ted Talks are among the most powerful. This is a masterclass.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1074: Angle sweep at the end of phaco. Great pearl.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Oculopalatal myoclonus. YouTube has patient examples of this condition (Utah Moran Eye Institute here.)

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. William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. Chapter 19, “Humor”

Zinsser’s chapters include examples from classic texts, many of which I hope to read in the months ahead.

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