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By Hugh Aldersey-Williams

"A exceptional, organ-by-organ trip during the physique eclectic. . . impossible to resist [and] impressive."—John J. Ross, Wall road JournalThe human physique is the main fraught and interesting, talked-about and taboo, certain but common truth of our lives. it's the idea for artwork, the topic of technology, and the resource of a few of the best tales ever informed. In Anatomies, acclaimed writer of Periodic stories Hugh Aldersey-Williams brings his unique mix of technology, background, and tradition to undergo in this richest of subjects.

In an attractive narrative that levels from historic physique paintings to cosmetic surgery this day and from head to toe, Aldersey-Williams explores the corporeal mysteries that make us human: Why are a few humans left-handed and a few blue-eyed? what's the humorous bone, besides? Why do a little cultures contemplate the guts because the seat of our souls and passions, whereas others position it within the liver?

A journalist with a knack for telling a narrative, Aldersey-Williams takes half in a drawing type, attends the dissection of a human physique, and visits the doctor's place of work and the morgue. yet Anatomies attracts not only on clinical technology and Aldersey-Williams's reporting. It attracts additionally at the works of philosophers, writers, and artists from all through historical past. Aldersey-Williams delves into our shared cultural heritage—Shakespeare to Frankenstein, Rembrandt to 2001: an area Odyssey—to display how attitudes towards the human physique are as different as human heritage, as he explains the origins and legacy of tattooing, shrunken heads, bloodletting, fingerprinting, X-rays, and more.

From Adam's rib to van Gogh's ear to Einstein's mind, Anatomies is a treasure trove of bizarre proof and tales and a superb embodiment of what Aristotle wrote greater than millennia in the past: "The human physique is greater than the sum of its parts."

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CHAPTER 3 Dissections of the Central Nervous System 56 Dissections of the Central Nervous System Central sulcus Gyri: Precentral Postcentral Superior parietal lobule Supramarginal gyrus Long insular gyri Short insular gyri Central sulcus of insula Gyri: Transverse temporal Superior temporal Superior temporal sulcus 3-1 Lateral view of the right cerebral hemisphere with the inferior and parts of the middle frontal gyri and precentral and postcentral gyri removed to show the insular cortex, transverse temporal gyri, and related structures.

The Insula 45 Precentral gyrus (PrCGy) Superior frontal gyrus Central sulcus (CSul) Postcentral gyrus (PoCGy) Middle frontal gyrus (MFGy) Gyri longi (GyLon–long gyri of the insula) Gyri breves (GyBr–short gyri of the insula) Transverse temporal gyrus (TrTemGy) Central sulcus of the insula (CSulIn) Limen insulae (LimIn) Temporal lobe (TLob) PoCGy PrCGy CSul MFGy TrTemGy GyLon GyBr CSulIn LimIn TLob CSul PrCGy PoCGy MFGy CSulIn GyBr GyLon TLob 2-46 Lateral view of the left cerebral hemisphere with the cortex overlying the insula removed.

The MRIs of cranial nerve II are shown in axial (B, T1-weighted; D, T2-weighted) and in oblique sagittal (C, T1-weighted) planes. Note the similarity between the axial planes, especially (B), and the gross anatomical specimen. In addition, note the relationship between the anterior cerebellar artery, anterior communicating artery, and the structures around the optic chiasm (D). The anterior communicating artery or its junction with the anterior cerebral artery (D) is the most common site of supratentorial (carotid system) aneurysms.

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