Form and Function

Beauty of Form and Function

The Common Vein Copyright 2008

A formative experience arose in my second year during our introductory anatomy course by Professor Philip Tobias.  We were obliged to take the Hippocratic oath before being allowed into the dissection halls.  This introduction to anatomy was, therefore, one of our first entries as privileged people into the worlds and bodies of others, teaching us to maintain respectfulness and humility.  Professor Tobias explained that we were going to spend a very intense year among the odors of formalin, delving into the secret innards of dead people, and that the body in the end would be a mere remnant of the former person.  The muscles and nerves would be exposed, the organs removed, and the face, the former mark and feature of a unique individual, would lose its identity.   This experience inspired me to realize that biology, anatomy, medicine, health, disease, and life itself is an integrated experience.  Learning the one was not possible in isolation.  In fact I learned that nothing is, exists, happens in isolation.

In order to instill a perspective of the eventual purpose to this seemingly destructive method of learning, Professor Tobias invited a duet of professional classical ballet dancers and a pair of black belt karate experts into the lecture room.  He wanted them to display the beauty and form that pieces of muscle, nerve and gut can actually accomplish in their prime of health, when structure and function are in perfect harmony.  To this he added the element of a creative soul that drove these four people to their expressive peaks.



Study of Anatomy Through Dissection

Remember The Beauty of Form and Function When It all Works Together

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Cells and Tissues

The Liver

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The Organs

The Normal Heart and Coronary Arteries

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Units to Unity – Toward Oneness

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Dance of the Butterflies

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Dance of the Body

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Angels in Blue

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 Fiery Flamenco Dance

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The Airway

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More Trees in the Chest

Pulmonary Circulation

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Alveoli of the Lung – Factory Workers

This is a drawing of a cluster of alveoli surrounded by the capillary network, fed by an arteriole in blue, and drained by a venule in red. The second image shows the exchange of life giving oxygen for the by product of  metabolic activity – carbon dioxide


Courtesy of Ashley Davidoff M.D. 


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Tubes For Transport

Large Surface Area For Exchange

Grapes of the lung – alveoli

This artistic rendition of the workhorses of the lung – the alveoli – the appearance of the alveoli around the terminal airways has been likned to bunch of grapes.

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The Somatosensory Cortex – Post Central Gyrus

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The Feeling Side of Mr Homunculus

Functional Gating

The diagram reflects the relative space each body part occupies in the somatosensory cortex by reflecting organs that have high density of sensory receptors and nerves as large organs and those with a lesser sensory apparatus as small organs. Hence the mouth lips, hands feet and genitalia have a relatively large representation. The homunculus man (literally the “little man”) is the distorted figure drawn to reflect the concept of size of organ paralleling the size of the sensory innervation.

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Shoulder Bridge

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Youth on the Run

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A Delicate strings of Life
A close-up view if the resilient tiger lily in orange glory. Two delicate threads of a spider web sit delicately between the petal and a bud. 02120p  Davidoff photography

The Breasts

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The Breasts – Functional Beauty

Skin Deep

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Macrophage  many Arms of the Law

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Droplets on Leaves Catching the Water

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Mountain Farms in Peru

How do they Change the Form of the Mountain to CAtch the Water and Create a Farm in the Mountains?

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Black Bird at the Commons

Secrets of Flight

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Portal Circulation

Roots Sustenance Nutrition  Branching and Flourishing 

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A Tube Blowing off Steam

Chimney from the Underground

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Welcome to the Home of My Seed

Please Feel Free to Partake and Distribute


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Beyond the Flowers  – Not so still life

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Shopping At the SuperMarket- Bags of Food to Take Home

Plastic or Paper?  No Thanks Just Dump Em on My Legs

Oh Heck Spilled Some on the Leaves!

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I Might Look Pretty – But I am MAde For Work not For Comfort

Flowers on a Chair

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Reap Transport Store

Gathering on a farm in Pennsylvania

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Selling Souvenirs in Peru

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Finding The Centre of Gravity

Power of the Vestibular System and the The Spine

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The Red Onion

Storing the Carbohydrates in Layers of Tight Shelves

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The Liver

Clockwork purple – 24/7

A Model of Efficiency – And Quite Beautiful Too

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Strings of the Heart

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Brooklyn Suspension Bridge Upside Down

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Strings of the Heart From Above

The most beautiful feature of the LA (in my opinion of course) is its view of the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve through the annulus. To see the chordae and the sail of the anterior leaflet biphasically flap-flapping must be a sight to behold. Courtesy of Ashley Davidoff M.D. code cardiac heart normal MV mitral valve anatomy 32106

Cauda Equina

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 Phone Line Toys of Line Wire Rays of Sun

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Cells Clustered Around the Transport System

Gland and its Ductule

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Parts of the lungs

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Another tree of Functional Efficiency

The Splenic Artery

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A Transport System

The Biliary Tree


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The Spine

After Chagall – The Circus Rider, c.1927

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Breast -A Gland with an  Arborizing Pattern of Efficiency 

Another Tree of the Body

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Breast Tree in Bloom

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