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Week 13 volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons

Outside of the Royal College of Surgeons. Image taken from http://nobelbiocare-eyearcourse.com/fgdp.html.

Outside of the Royal College of Surgeons. Image taken from http://nobelbiocare-eyearcourse.com/fgdp.html.

Last night I had my staff party for my pub job and it was awesome. A great night where there was girls vs boys in a scavenger hunt and us girls kicked butt! I felt quite tired and a little worse for wear this morning but it was totally worth it. However, a quick sausage sandwich for breakfast and a day sorting bones listening to the radio has sorted me out!

Today I was sorting a lot of skull bones. This ranged from sectioned skulls to the individual bones hat make up the skull. The sectioned skulls included craniums which had been sectioned transversely so the skull cap was removed and also ones which had been sliced down the midline of the skull. These are a great way of seeing the internal structures in the cranium and it’s quite amazing to see how many holes and spaces are in our heads.

As for the individual bones these varied from the large cranial bones (eg parietials, frontal, occipital etc) to the very small bones, including the ethmoid and volmer. These are bones which are situated in the centre of the skull and cannot be seen if you are presented with a complete cranium. There were also a few hyoid bones. This do not articulate with any other bone and is held in place in the throat by soft tissue. I have only ever seen a few of these so it was nice to have a look at five in one go. The RCSEng really does have an excellent collection and the surgeons who train there are very lucky.ethmoid_bone

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