Sexy Back Wednesday

This week I present a gorgeous photograph by Diane Eastman

I found this picture via see the previous post (entitled “Artistical Anatomy”)



Artistical Anatomy

Human Anatomy is not only fascinating to learn about- it is also fun to look at through an artistic lens. I own two anatomy atlases- Gray’s Anatomy, the standard, black-and-white, surgically-oriented atlas, and I also own Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy. Frank Netter, MD was an incredible artist who sketched and painted hundreds, probably thousands, of medical illustrations. He depicts the anatomy both perfectly as one would find in a human body, and also shaded, colored, and textured so that it seems like the image is three-dimensional. Often during bouts of frustration and confusion during memorizing the seemingly endless vocabulary of the anatomy, I will stop and simply admire the pictures in my book.

I recently went to a BodyWorlds exhibit, and aside from being jealous of Gunther von Hagens extraordinary dissection skills, I was in utter awe of the complex beauty of the human body, inside and out. He uses plastination on his corpses to preserve them, and he molds them into positions that optimally display certain organs and systems. For instance, there was a man kicking a soccer ball mid-air, displaying leg muscles, a ballerina with a gluteal muscle skirt, and a skateboarder inverted off a ramp with organs and muscles visible. To put it bluntly, he makes totally skinned dead people look visually inviting. I often find myself admiring the human body in school- ahem, obviously the outside can be quite nice to look at, but what I mean here is the craftsmanship of all the parts working together to make a living, breathing, moving human.  We are truly beautifully designed machines- from the seamlessly aligned articulations of our joints, the theme of undulating folds that are first seen the brain, then again along the gastrointestinal tract, the many ribbons of nerves, arteries, and veins, to how ribs arch in synchrony… Without taking into account the physiology of any of it- our bodies are elegant creations.

I’ll admit, some people get sqeamish with the anatomical aesthetic, perhaps working with cadavers has desensitized me to seeing inner-body parts. But still, anatomy images are ubiquitous- the skull is often artistically rendered in tattoos, sweatshirt designs, car decals, etc. I’m not the only person who thinks our guts are glorious. When I stumbled across, I discovered there is a whole community of illustrators, designers, and artists who use anatomy as their subject.

Here’s a sample from the site, I urge you to check it out!

all images from

Marilyn Will Make It Better

I know.  I know.  Two sexy back Wednesdays have come and gone with no sexy backs to get you through your hump day.  What did you do?   You must have felt so alone, abandoned by us here at Joint Play.  I can imagine the horror you must have felt when you realized that another Sexy Back Wednesday had come and gone with no sexy back.  So much coffee must have been consumed to get you through the last two Wednesdays.  We really feel like we dropped the ball, and  a ll of us here at Joint Play would like to formally apologize for not fulfilling our promises and living up to your expectations.  Hopefully this iconic back will make up for it.  Hopefully we can slowly regain your trust, and you will one day again realize that we are here for you.  We are here to get you through your Wednesday.

Finally, a useful, high quality (& free) study guide for learning human anatomy! The YouTube user “jono03” has uploaded nearly 40 videos of an instructor going through structures on prosected cadaver. Their videos are among the best I’ve encountered because the instructor is easy to understand and the camera is on steadied by a tripod. I am posting the cranial cavity/orbit dissection, where we are currently in our lab!

Live in the Sun

You have the choice.


“All who choose to live in the sun will never exist in the shade.”

I found this quote thumb-tacked to a message board in a hostel in a mountain town in Slovakia a couple years ago. Interesting wisdom can be found in interesting places.

Giants Win The Superbowl!

The title is

a) A true statement

b) Totally irrelevant

c) Something I am excited about


D) A reason I did very little studying today.

The title is irrelevant to this post, and this post is irrelevant to this blog. Maybe I’m just “Hands free, care free.”

This weekend I came in contact with many dogs. I don’t know what goes on inside of a dog’s head, but it is probably simple. I am guessing that they have some concern about getting their basic needs of food, shelter, and water. If those needs are met, then they probably think about getting attention. They love being petted and rubbed- all it takes to become a dog’s friend is a friendly pat, a nice little scratch behind the ears, or a hearty belly rub. A friendly touch is enough to make the tail wag and brighten the creature’s day. Dogs thank us for giving them attention in the only way they know how- a big wet kiss. It seems like they are so happy just to be hanging out with some friends, old or new, it doesn’t matter. They’re super chill, even though those human-friends come up to them and say funny things to them in weird voices, like this (in a strangely pitched, cooing, i-am-talking-to-a-dog voice): “You’re a good boy! Oh yes you are! Who’s a good boy? You’re such a good boy little puppy.” The pups are plain happy and grateful that someone loves them, and they return the favor and love you back. It’s so simple and so beautiful!

Here’s the cutest puppy ever, he lives in Miami


The take home is: Simplicity is a good thing. Touch is a good thing. We should thank others more. Learn from A, BCD Puppies. LMNO Puppies. OSAR! CMPN?!