I remember my first encounter with
anatomy was in my undergraduate days at the University of Melbourne. I did a
Bachelor of Science before I studied medicine. I took a module in Pathology
which would go on to become my second major (my first major was in Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology). It was a module on brain pathology and we had to visit
the Anatomy Museum to view the dissected cross sectional specimens.
I remembered looking at the specimens
and wondering how I would convey this information on my assignment. Since
photography was not allowed, I took out some paper and hand drew each specimen
and correlating the pathology with what was seen on the textbooks. I got so
engrossed in drawing that it was 5.30pm and the door of the museum automatically
locked and I got locked in!
It snapped me out of my trance – being locked
in overnight in the Anatomy Museum was definitely not ideal; it was only after
repeatedly banging on the glass door until a security guard let me out. Since
then, I have picked up drawing anatomy as a hobby. It helps to relax the mind
and appreciate the beauty of the human form.
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