Archive for the ‘anatomy’ Category

Saturdays with the dead

January 31, 2009

You know you’re a first year medical student when you spend a Saturday monring and afternoon surrounded by dead bodies.  I’m studying like mad for my final anatomy practical.

And now I’ll spend the rest of the evening stinking like whatever we use in place of formaldehyde.


Fun anatomical fact of the day

October 29, 2008

Fun fact I learned from my anatomy tutor:

While stuyding the pelvis, I was confused that they kept referring to the top side of the penis as dorsal.  The top side of the penis faces the same direction that the stomach does, but the stomach is ventral. Our backs are dorsal.

Well, according to my tutor, this is because in the anatomical position, the penis is erect.  And that cracked me up a little.  Because you KNOW men decided this shit, and when those big ol’ white guys with beards were sitting, they must have said, “Hmm … in it’s most natural position – from which we will reference everything – the palms shall face forward, the head shall be held high, feet shall point forward … and the penis shall be erect!”

Uh huh.  And in the anatomical position – the natural position from which everything else shall be referenced – my breasts shoot lasers.

Arterial blood supply: necessary or not?

October 9, 2008

Having begun in earnest my study of the pelvic region, I have determined that I am not too fond of blood vessels.  They are – I suspect – entirely useless.  We’d be better off without them, I say.

Great big globs of … something

September 17, 2008

Our first anatomy exam is tomorrow, so I’m in the process of trying to keep it all together.  I’m stuck between two ideas: go to sleep in a few hours and wake up really early and study all morning, or try to get a regular day in.  I think I’m going with the former.

(P.S. Dear Anatomy Gods.  Please help me remember my cranial nerves.  Amen.)

Fun story of the day: during gross anatomy lab, we pulled out the liver, and the gallbladder (as intended) came with it.  Most of the other people had pinkish gallbladders, but ours was a delightful green.  Furthermore, we could feel something squishy inside – and, yes, squishy is TOTALLY the medical term.

J and I were for cutting it open and looking inside.  B was horrified by this idea, and protested.  J and I won out, though, and with a scapel, J very carefully made his incision.  Forest green, chunky, thick bile bubbled out.  It was amazing!  B remained horrified, and I think even J began to doubt his actions.  But I felt like I had rediscovered Mars!

If Mars were green.  And made of bile.

On Old Olympus’ Towering Top A Finn And German Viewed Some Hops

September 14, 2008

Difficult: Trying to learn the nervous system.

More difficult: Trying to learn the nervous system in the presense of a dog and cat who have together decided that they are the MOST unloved creatures in all of the world and need validation now, damnit!

Singing, “Gonna wash that cadaver smell right outta my hair!”

September 11, 2008

I’m in my fourth week of medical school, and it suddenly occurred to me that there are all these strange and neat things I’m learning and seeing everyday, but in a few years I won’t remember the most of it.  Sure, I’ll remember the physiology and anatomy – I’ll have no other choice – but what about Dr. O showing us all a picture of a wild, angry bear during the lecture of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and saying, “And that’s how the feminists are feeling after hearing about Sarah Palin’s nomination!”

In other words, I also want to remember the stuff that isn’t in the books.

Today’s memory: did you know that sometimes the cadavers are so juicy that it’s necessary to use a turkey baster to suck out the liquid filling the bottom of the thoracic cavity?

Well, now I know that, and so do you!