Female Pelvis Pop Quiz

The pelvic region can be difficult to understand, especially¬†as it acts as a transition zone between the abdomen, perineum and legs. Pelvic anatomy is crucial in understanding clinical problems relating to mobility, reproduction, urological and gastrointestinal health. This pop quiz has 5 multiple choice questions focusing on the female pelvis; please feel free to share […]

The Lymphatic system, what is it?

A much-deprived topic in some anatomy textbooks and hence often a poorly understood area of anatomy and clinical practice. This post aims to highlight the function of the lymphatic system, explore the key components and give examples of its clinical significance.¬† If you are wanting a brief version of this post, focusing on lymph drainage, […]

I want to donate my body

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt Before we get started, can you spot the error made by Rembrandt in the image above? Back to the task at hand, I decided to write this post after a mini-debate in the anatomy department the day after the memorial service. We were talking about the altruism […]

Pop Quiz MJM

The musculoskeletal system can be a challenging module in anatomy. The bio-mechanics involved for daily coordination requires a fundamental knowledge of muscle origin and insertion, bony landmarks, compartments and neuronal pathways. To help facilitate your knowledge we’ve put together a short quiz, just 5 questions for you to work through. Do it on your own […]

Neuroanatomy primer

The aim of this post is to clarify some basic neuroanatomy terms and to give you a sound foundation. Before we start, a quick bit of housekeeping, I use the British spelling for neurone (also used by Gray’s Anatomy, The Anatomical basis of clinical practice) as opposed to the American spelling neuron. Abbreviations used include […]

The Living Anatomical Model

David by Michelangelo, Florence Galleria dell’Accademia. Visitors to Florence, Italy, may find that the list of places to visit is endless. However, if you want to see the link between anatomy and art, the Academy Gallery is the right place for you. At this gallery of art, you can admire the perfection of David, one […]

The Anatomy of Tattoos

The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word tattau, which means “to mark”; despite loving tattoos myself, I’m aware they are not everyone’s cup of tea. However, over the last several years there has been somewhat of a resurgence in body art, to the point that its now considered fashionable. In the last few years […]

A new organ, seriously?

Last week I heard on Radio 4 no less, that a group of researchers announced the discovery of a new organ, they’ve named this organ the interstitium. When I listened to this, I thought to myself, how many other Radio 4 listeners felt as though the word “organ” had just been thrown into spice the […]

Henry’s curious collection

By the way if you didn’t spot what was wrong with the skeleton, then that doesn’t bode well for passing MJM. Strange skeletons aside, this weekend I decided to visit The Wellcome collection on Euston Road; it has two permanent exhibits, containing an eclectic collection of health related artifacts and paintings. These pieces were collected […]