From the messy desk of a procrastinating med student

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Chop up that ovary and stick it on the wall


Histology is a discipline where you take a piece of human tissue, slice into really thin pieces, stain it and then look at it under the microscope.

It can be a bit of a dry subject, but there are times when I am rendered speechless by just how perfect and beautiful the body can be (inside and out).

Have a look at this slide of the outside part of the ovary, where the eggs develop (out of Wheater's Functional Histology, Elsevier, pg 344). The white circles at the bottom are a couple of immature eggs that have been chosen to develop. Usually only one of six or seven 'chosen ones' will eventually burst out of the ovary and make its journey down it's owner's fallopian tubes. The rest of the 'chosen ones'each month just die off.

Anyway, I think there is a distinctly Van Gough-y appearance to this slide. Very 'Starry Night' - looks like it belongs more on the wall of an art gallery than hidden in a medical text. If I could work out how I could buy one of these stunning images, I would frame it and hang it on my study wall, and call it 'Eggy Ovary'.

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