IMAGES: Picturing the Human Body

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Science  30 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5671, pp. 657
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5671.657c

What look like spring's first leaves decorating a barren twig are tiny dendritic spines protruding from a pyramidal cell, a type of brain neuron. The projections mark synapses where other neurons relay messages to the cell. The image is one of more than 3600 photos, videos, animations, Web pages, and other visuals offered by the Health Education Assets Library, a teaching archive for every level from high school to medical school. The collection's holdings, contributed by medical libraries, the Irish Royal College of Surgeons, and other sources, are wide-ranging—from videos of brain dissection, to anatomical drawings of the lymph nodes in the head and neck, to an animation of blood surging through the heart. Free registration allows you to download items for use in the classroom. The collection will grow about 10-fold in June with the addition of a new set of images on pathology.

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