Tuesday, 3 July 2018

External anatomy

As I've posted previously, King's anatomy department is a very busy one. A huge volume of delivery to our undergraduates and serving the International community for post graduate teaching.

Last week alone we hosted many external courses, including military first response and Charcot foot surgery. Both these dependent on a thorough anatomical knowledge.

Early poll response

In an earlier blog I posted about the use of cadavers and the importance of gross anatomy. I recently asked the question on Research Gate about the benefits of use of cadavers for anatomy teaching. I had a great international response. All experts and learners want cadavers for anatomy and provided great evidence and argument for their opinion. I did not receive a single argument out of their favour. Why oh why is the debate for their use still in question in some circles then. Is it bean counting and financial frugality, is it a desire to find new ways to do things. In my opinion it's both. My answer to the first is, what is the priority; is it first class students, knowledge and institutions or not. To the second, new ways are great, innovation is wonderful, but let's not overlook or naively try to better the best learning tool that we have, the cadaver. Adjunct learning, YES, replacement, NO. These are my opinions and they are shared by the the best in the world.

Prof. Harold Ellis FRCS CBE


Click on the link to see our cherished Prof. Ellis and his relationship with the NHS since its very beginning. The Prof. has also featured on the national and London news today to celebrate the anniversary of the NHS.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

More Guardian league table success for Anatomy at King's

King's Anatomy and Physiology has risen to 4th overall in the UK Guardian University league table for 2019.

This follows steady progress up the rankings in the last six years 

2018: 5th
2017: 8th
2015: 11th
2014: 15th
2013: 28th

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Strange, unusual or outright odd

Have you found anything anatomically that you're unsure of; a variant, anastomosis, anything "non text book" Let me know, perhaps we can publish it together. david.parry@kcl.ac.uk.

Anatomy News

The Truth Behind Donating Your Body to a Medical School

The Truth Behind Donating Your Body to a Medical School

Clinical Anatomy

Smell Receptors
As we breathe in air through our nostrils, we inhale airborne chemical molecules, which are detected by the 10 million to 20 million receptor cells embedded in the olfactory membrane of the upper nasal passage. The olfactory receptor cells are topped with tentacle-like protrusions that contain receptor proteins. When an odour receptor is stimulated, the membrane sends neural messages up the olfactory nerve to the brain.
We have approximately 1,000 types of odour receptor cells, and it is estimated that we can detect 10,000 different odours. The receptors come in many different shapes and respond selectively to different smells. Like a lock and key, different chemical molecules fit into different receptor cells, and odours are detected according to their influence on a combination of receptor cells. Just as the 10 digits from 0 to 9 can combine in many different ways to produce an endless array of phone numbers, odour molecules bind to different combinations of receptors, and these combinations are decoded in the olfactory cortex.