Bridging the gap

“The human body is simply the most beautiful complexity…”

Daniel Ismeria

Subconsciously we all choose favourites, even for objects that really have no need of ordering nor ranking. One of my favourite little pieces of anatomy is the isthmus of the thyroid gland. The term comes from the Greek word isthmos, meaning a narrow of strip of land with sea on each side. Isthmus is an interesting word. It has dual plurals, either isthmuses of isthmi. The suggestion that the central party of the thyroid between each lobe be called the isthmus comes from 16th Century Italian anatomist, Bartolomeo Eustachi. This contemporary of the legendary anatomist Vesalius, is better remembered for his description of the small tube that connects the nasopharynx and the middle ear. #weallhavefavourites #letsmakelemonade

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