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Anatomical Theatre

I found this on BoingBoing:

Anatomical Theatre is a photographic exhibition documenting artifacts collected by and exhibited in medical museums throughout Europe and the United States. The objects in these photos range from preserved human remains to models made from ivory, wax, and papier mâché. The artifacts span from the 16th Century to the 20th, and include examples from a wide range of countries, artists, and preparators.

Further reading:

3D Anatomy Online

I wish I had some resources of anatomy as useful as the following tools and sites when I had to fight this area of medicine. First, Medgadget reported the beta launch of BodyMaps, an online atlas created to visualize specific organs and the anatomy of the whole human body.


The second one for today is, a site dedicated to the study of anatomy and you can also test yourself on must-know concepts.

If you know more useful anatomical or any other medical resources, let us know!

The Papier-Mache Anatomist

Just a short note about a useful tool for studying anatomy:


Louis Thomas Jerôme Auzoux (1797-1880), a French physician, improved and popularized anatomical papier-mâché models. As a medical student in the early 19th century, Auzoux found it difficult to study anatomy when the human cadavers he was dissecting deteriorated rapidly and wax models were not readily available.

He began creating anatomical models, inspired by papier-mâché dolls, boxes, and other household items then popular in Europe. In 1822, the same year Auzoux received his medical degree, he presented his first complete anatomical male figure to the Paris Academy of Medicine. Five years later, he opened a factory to manufacture human, veterinary, and botanical models.

Even if we use some 3D tools nowadays, I would love to have these models at home to study anatomy more efficiently.

Anatomical heart made from candy hearts

Monday Fun… Check out the sculptures of Nathan Sawaya and don’t miss the Candy Heart:


(Via Neatorama and BoingBoing)

NEJM Image of the Week: Trichobezoar!

An unbelievable case from the New England Journal of Medicine:

A previously healthy 18-year-old woman presented with a 5-month history of pain in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen, abdominal distention, postprandial emesis, and weight loss of 18 kg… Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed a large bezoar occluding nearly the entire stomach, without extension into the duodenum. On questioning, the patient stated that she had had a habit of eating her hair for many years — a condition called trichophagia. Laparoscopic removal was attempted; however, conversion to an open procedure was required to completely remove the 4.5-kg trichobezoar… One year after the surgery, she has no abdominal pain or vomiting. She has regained approximately 9 kg of body weight and reports that she has stopped eating her hair.


Virtual Anatomical Models and Science Learning Opportunities in Second Life

While we try to organize new sessions in the SciFoo Lives On series and new medical exercices in the Ann Myers Medical Center, here is some interesting material on other educational opportunities of Second Life, the virtual world:

Looks like sculpted prims can be used to create fairly realistic models of organs. Now, wouldn’t it be fun if we could actually make the heart model to beat in 3D. This is not too difficult to do actually; we would just need a number of sculptie textures, each texture representing a given 3D animation state, and run through the set leaving a few time gaps to let the shape settle before moving on to the next sculptie texture. The heart model and the lung sound ausculation tool (further right in the picture) are currently housed in the medical library on Obelix.


  • Science Learning Opportunities in Second Life: A brief overview of science and research education in Second Life, highlighting Science School, Genome Island, Research Park, ISTE Island and more.

Other posts about education in Second Life:

Virtual Labs of Cardiology, Neurophysiology and Many More

That’s why I’m an admirer of Stumble Upon. I’ve recently come across the Virtual Labs of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. An other great example for education. They feature:

Of course, I started with the Cardiology Lab:

The focus of this lab is on heritable diseases of the heart. You are cast here as a virtual intern to accompany a doctor examining three different patients. Each patient is examined using more than one diagnostic tool, and at each stage, the doctor will invite you to examine the patient yourself and ask for your opinion.


I find the quizzes extremely helpful. Check it out!

Simulated Open Heart Surgery: Be a Surgeon!

Here is an other game with which you can waste some time and learn interesting facts about an open heart surgery. First choose your grade and study the anatomy of the heart or let’s get into the operation. But don’t forget to monitor the patient’s blood and brain function.


It’s very realistic anyway. If you make a mistake, you should get a lawyer:


(Via A Hearty Life)

More funny posts:

HOWTO make a 3D blood vessel

That’s why I admire the work of Vanessa Ruiz (graduate student in Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago) who is blogging at Street Anatomy:

A polygonal feast of fury; the accelerated methodology of assembling a blood flow 3D animation in Cinema 4D from primitive objects to final rendering.

An other animation about intubation:

Further reading:

Reviewed Medical Collections and 3D Illustrations

As a medical student, I know well that sometimes it’s nearly impossible to learn something due to the lack of proper illustrations. So collections like the one of Peter Jurek would be really helpful for students. Here are two examples, an image about phagocytosis and an image of the stomach, gall bladder, pancreas triad.


Some more useful reviewed collections:


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