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Anatomy lessons for the bird brained

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7530.1471 (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1471
  1. Arunachalam Kumar, head of anatomy ([email protected])
  1. Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

    One afternoon when I was slaving in the anatomy dissection hall, teaching preclinical students the nuances of human anatomy, a sparrow darting across the hall got knocked down by a ceiling fan. The avian crash evoked shrill shrieks from damsels, and soon a few wet hankies were doing the rounds. I scurried over to investigate the “fall of the sparrow,” welcoming the brief respite from my onerous chores. The little bird was senseless with eyes shut, a little heart weakly thumping, and oozing blood. Ministering to the avian patient, …

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