Saturday, July 09, 2005

Anatomy update

Just finished the third week of anatomy. Started with a test on the 'upper extremity,' and then we covered the entire 'lower extremity' (what a normal person might refer to as the 'leg') in 3 days. I've never studied so much in my life. On the other hand, I have exactly one responsibility - pass anatomy. If I'm doing that, nothing else matters (including getting my window fixed). Thus, I can justify sleeping 9 hours a night, because it improves memory.

Anyway, despite doing the leg in three days, the test isn't until next monday, so we're going to spend the next week being lectured by leg surgeons, radiologists, and other clinical types on the leg. This is good partially because it helps you remember, but it's bad in that whatever the clinical guys say is testable. For instance, an orthopedic surgeon came in and told us about different types of nerve damage - nerves can be bruised, they can be cut, or only the conducting part (axon) is cut, while the insulation (epineurium) is fine, or it can be pulled out at the spine. Then he chuckles and tells us, "Of course, we don't call it that, we don't want anyone to understand." All of a sudden, we have to know neuropraxia, neurotmesis, axonotmesis, and avulsion (in that order).

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