The Conditions That Can’t be Seen

Broken arm? See the cast. Second-degree burns? See the scars. Depression? See the…mask. There are some medical conditions that can’t be seen, meaning that public awareness is vital. Let’s take a look at some of these so-called “invisible”...

The Anatomy of Photography

Cameras are everywhere. On the streets, at work, in mobile phones…it has never been easier to capture the world through photographic images. Look through the lens and click, that’s all it takes. Or is it? What is the mechanism behind a camera and what on...

The Brain’s Arsenal

The brain is the most vital organ of the body, being the control centre of the entire human anatomy. Situated in the skull, this control centre plays a part in almost every bodily process, from thinking to breathing to moving. With much responsibility comes much risk-...

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Throughout history there have been several procedures within medicine that have been considered controversial, testing the boundaries of ethical practice. One such procedure that has been highly debated within medical ethics is that of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)....

Why do we Scar?

Scars. Not emotional scars, but physical scars. We all have them, but have you ever asked why we have them? Why do scars form after trauma? Our bodies have amazing defence mechanisms against trauma and injuries. Any form of attack and our bodies react to prevent...

What Actually Happens when we Crack our Knuckles?

When experiencing writer’s block, walk away from the computer, go into another room…and ask a friend for a blog idea. It’s not stealing if you give them credit. This week’s blog post reflects on a habit that many people have- cracking joints....

Review: When Breath Becomes Air

No, it’s not another blog post on about the lungs. It’s about the lungs, anatomy, medicine, neurosurgery, science, philosophy, life…All of which are discussed in the book “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. *Now, if this book is...

Let’s Take a Look at the Lungs

Breathe in. Breathe out. That’s your lungs- the organs of the body that function to get air in and out. Breathing, something that we do so automatically that the significance of the lungs can be overlooked. However, when these organs fail, the consequences can...

Greek Mythology in Anatomy

The world of Greek mythology is vast and fascinating. From Mount Olympus to Hades, there are hundreds of mythological figures crossing paths. The stories from Greek mythology may not necessarily be believed, but they are certainly remembered, especially when learning...

The Importance of Dissection

Anatomy is the physics of all healthcare sciences. In order to treat the body, it is essential to know and understand the structure of the human body. Understanding the structure enables us to then understand the function of different parts of the body. It’s all...

Blue Monday

16th January 2017. Blue Monday- the most depressing day of 2017. Makes sense, doesn’t it? January is very much here, the resolutions have already been broken, the cheer of Christmas has disappeared, and the new year doesn’t look like it’ll be much...

There’s a New Organ in Town

There’s a new organ in town…and it’s been here the whole time! Yes, you read it- a new organ has been classified in 2017. The Mesentery of the abdomen has been added to the list of 78 organs of the body, bringing the total up to 79. But, why has it...

Voice Boxing Day

26th December. Boxing Day. A day of resting the stomach after the mammoth feast that was Christmas dinner. A day of hitting the shops and trying to survive the sales. Christmas has essentially become a time of collecting boxes, what with all the lovely presents....

Doctors and Tattoos

Tattoos are very popular in today’s society. Once a taboo, tattoos are now seen as a form of identity, fashion, and art. But, can tattoos be more than that? Can they save your life? Bioelectronic researchers have developed a temporary tattoo that can monitor...

Stuck in Colder Weather

Winter is coming. Wait, no. Winter is here! Yes, it is the time of freezing temperatures, snow, and Santa Claus. Well, at least 2 out of 3. Wrapping up warm is one of our behavioural response to the colder temperatures, along with drinking hot chocolate and bringing...

Tricking the Nerves

The human nervous system is an incredibly important component of the machine that is the body. It is the wiring of us, the highway connecting all body parts for optimal function and communication. Nerves communicate to one another via electrochemical signals. These...

The Importance of Anatomy

Knowledge of the structure of the body is essential for all healthcare disciplines. From medicine to surgery to dentistry, an understanding of what people look like “under the skin” is the foundation of clinical practice. It is essential that practitioners...

Sober October

Yes, it is that time of year where the alcohol is locked away and people go sober for a month to raise money for Cancer Support! To keep  with the theme, this week’s blog post looks at how the body deals with alcohol intake. As with any food or drink, alcohol...

IMI Conference 2016

This past weekend saw our founder and director, Kirsty Earley, speaking at the annual Institute of Medical Illustrators Conference in Clydebank! Kirsty participated in the New Voices category, discussing the results and applications of her research project previously...

Coronary Artery Bypass: The Anatomy Behind the Procedure

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) has been one of the major killers in Scotland for a long time. Despite a fall in the number of cases in recent years, CVD is still very much present. A blanket term for a variety of diseases involving the heart and/or blood vessels, CVD is...

Fight or Flight, Rest and Digest

The nervous system is the complex wiring of the human body, connecting all structures via a grand network of communication. Understandably, the human nervous system is not as simple as the brain and the spinal cord, although these structures are highly important! The...

Ear, ear!

The ear is a fascinating anatomical structure. The site of both hearing and balance, the ear is an incredibly important component of the body that aids with tasks of everyday life and survival. The specific anatomy of the ear is a tad more complicated than the two...

The Power of Music

Music is a universal language; it has the ability to speak to us all and take us on a journey. Music has the power to bring us to tears, burst into dance, and connect to others. There seems to be something magical about it. A more recent discovery about music is that...

Is Everyone the Same?

There is a standard of anatomy that is considered “normal”; a certain number of bones, organs in the correct place, etc. But does this ever change? Are there exceptions to the rule? Or is everyone the same under the skin? Obvious examples of variability in...

What Actually Happens to Women Every Month?

Menstruation is a biological process that occurs in every woman from the ages of 10-50. It is a cycle of the reproductive system, involving the shedding of tissue from the uterus at some point every month. But is it as simple as that? There is as monthly cycle in the...

Let’s Talk About The Funny Bone…

The funny bone has been discussed before in these blogs, but not in any great depth with regards to anatomy and clinical applications. Therefore, now is the time to unpack the ins and outs of the funny bone! Unbeknownst to many people, the funny bone isn’t...

Whats is CRISPR Genome Editing?

If you follow news of medical science, you may have noticed several articles on CRISPR genome editing. This is a pioneering technique in medicine that can be used to treat a variety of diseases. What was once a dream is now becoming a reality. But what is CRISPR?...

The Dark Corners of the Brain

With recent events in Orlando, Yorkshire, and France, it is all too clear that the world can be a very evil place. So much hatred, so much violence…Such events bring up thousands of questions that may never have answers. These events are still very raw and...

It All Starts With a Dot…

There is a need for communication in our society. Communication of information plays a vital role in understanding that information, thus the means of communication must be effective. Whatever form of visualisation you use, it is important that you present the data in...

More Than Numbers

There are so many numbers in scientific research. We spend months, years of our lives collecting these numbers and analysing them to come to a conclusion. It is difficult, but necessary. When it comes to medical research, those numbers can represent a variety of...

Is Anatomy a Dying Subject?

From the Greeks to the present day, the human body has been examined in order to better comprehend the mystery of our own being. However, have we reached a dead end? Have we discovered all there is to discover about the human body? Centuries ago scholars were trying...

Dementors and Depression

J.K. Rowling’s “The Prisoner of Azkaban” is the first book in the Harry Potter series where Dementors make an appearance. Dementors are considered some of the foulest creatures, feeding on human joy. Ridding all happiness from the world. A perfect...

Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes…

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”– Harper Lee. Successful transplant operations have only been around since the 1940s, very young...

How Times Have Changed

Picture the scene. You’re lying on your back on an incredibly uncomfortable wooden table. Directly above your head, you see a lantern with a flickering candle bringing light into the large surgical theatre. Hundreds of people are looking down at you from the...

How Much do you Actually Know about Strokes?

Recently there have been many articles regarding current research into strokes; the Stroke Association published a study highlighting increases in stroke patients amongst young men. These figures point to how essential it is to know the manner of strokes and how to...

Time to Evolve?

When looking at the history of education and teaching, it is clear to see that the resources available to learners have radically multiplied. There were days when lessons, lectures, and seminars were taught by writing on a chalkboard, with little interaction between...

The Problem of Pain

The famous author of The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S.Lewis, created literary genius in the fantasy universe of Narnia, and after many years these books are still a favourite for families across the globe. Not only did he write incredible fictional books, but Lewis also...

Horrible Histories of Medicine

The practice of medicine as we know it today has taken hundreds of years of pioneering work and scientific experiments. There was a time when going to the doctor was a death sentence, when a small cut could lead to an amputation, and when the man who cuts you hair...

3D Printing

What is 3D printing? 3D printing is literally what it says on the tin- the printing of a 3D model. A digital version of the object to be printed is developed on a computer, which is then printed out into a physical 3D object. The computer forms the 3D object and...

INTED Conference 2016

In March 2016, I was invited to speak at the INTED 2016 conference. INTED is an annual conference with IATED (the International Academy of Technology, Education, and Development). It is a week of presentations from researchers, lecturers, professors who focus on the...

Virtual Reality in a Box

Cardboard boxes. Storage vessels for so many items, from tin cans to books to clothes. They can also be the stages for imagination. Endless hours can be spent sitting in a cardboard box, where one could be lost in outer space or driving the final lap of a Formula One...

Welcome to M3dvis!

The field of medicine is constantly changing, from the discovery of new drug treatments to the application of new medical technology. In fact, it has only been within the last 200 years or so that medicine has become a safe practice based on scientific findings. This...