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Peter J. McDonnell, MD
He is director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times.
Editorial: Why aren't there any one-eyed animals?
A new book, The Visual Revolution, may make for interesting reading for ophthalmologists this summer.
Editorial: Questions, anyone?
Ophthalmology Times Medical Editor Peter J. McDonnell, MD, recently traveled to Italy. Consuming large meals, why aren't more Romans obese, he wondered.
Editorial: All 'atwitter' about social networking
Social networking sites are being explored as tools for medical education and communication. Internet and SMS technologies increasingly will play a role in the professional lives of doctors, says Ophthalmology Times' medical editor.
Editorial: Lusty fun for ophthalmologists
It turns out that, thanks to an extremely insightful article brought to my attention by a loyal Ophthalmology Times reader, we ophthalmologists can enjoy good wine and save money during this outing.
Editorial: Ophthalmologists need to set an example of optimism, confidence
Ophthalmologists can help set an example for those who have lost faith in the country's financial systems and the future by exuding optimism and confidence among the people they see every day.
Editorial: A modest plan to reform our health-care system
A recent grocery store sign offered free antibiotics with the slogan, "You didn't pay for the germs. Why pay for the antibiotics?" This type of strategy could help lower the spiraling cost of care, because the application of logical economic consequences may allow people to make rational decisions about their health, according to one ophthalmologist.
Mammalian brain shows remarkable plasticity
Genetically engineered mice could immediately use their enhanced color vision to discriminate among colors indistinguishable to all other mice. The authors state "the experiment demonstrates the remarkable plasticity of the mammalian brain."
Analysis: You must be a greedy ophthalmologist
A recent article describes the corrupting influence of money and the pursuit thereof. The villains in this piece are none other than anesthesiologists, radiologists, and ophthalmologists. Some might consider the article a thoughtful analysis of medical economics, whereas others might view it as the lamentations of a subset of physicians jealous of their colleagues who have adapted to economic realities to be highly productive and provide dramatic improvement in quality of life for their patients.
Editorial: What's at the top of your agenda?
It seems that the most successful organizations do a good job of moving forward by keeping the major issues on the front burner.
Talents do not always transfer to other areas
Everyone is given a special talent, which, if developed, can allow them to perform their talent really well. This explains why there are great singers, superb artists or musicians, and gifted mechanics, to name a few professions. Those talents often are limited to that particular setting, however; they are not always transferable into another area.


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