Of tissue blocks and higher anatomy: A typical day in the life of a BSc (Anatomy) student

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W. Njongo, P. Gatonga, B. Njihia and C. Masaki, BSc Anatomy students, Department of Human Anatomy, University of Nairobi
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W. Njongo, P.O. Box 30197-00100, Nairobi, Kenya Email: wnjongo@gmail.com

A chance to slow the frenetic pace of the day that was, I shed my shoes and slip into the sweet embrace of my blankets. With one eye and a tired thumb I key in ‘6.30 AM’ into my alarm…’Wishful thinking’ I say to myself. Halfway through my muttered prayers I succumb, sleep the only respite life has gifted me. Tomorrow shall be yet another day…yet another opportunity to learn.

It starts as a typical Monday… all Mondays do – the frantic typing that fills the air, reminiscent of a typing press. Be it a literature review or the presentation for the afternoon class, the innocent bystander may wonder why after an entire weekend, it would seem we have been caught off-guard. Well, that in itself is another story altogether. Saturday had its fair share of tissue processing to beat the class coordinator’s deadlines. Sunday was the opportunity to break away, go to church and then share lunch with friends. Somehow time seemingly slips through your fingers with such an itinerary. Higher anatomy… now that is something novel: one would be forced to wonder how, with our great all-surpassing cranial capacity, the common domestic fowl possesses more efficient respiratory mechanisms. A chicken can breathe better than I can? Yes… even though you are the prey and they are the hunted. Anyway I digress…


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