Yes, We Are Still Finding New Body Parts
The human body is still a mystery, Bill Hayes writes
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2013 1:50 PM CST
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(Newser) – When Belgian scientists last month discovered a new body part—a ligament just behind the knee—many people were skeptical. Was it really new? Was this some conspiracy to sell new knee surgeries? How could anatomists have missed something so obvious for so long? But Bill Hayes at the New York Times thought of Andreas Vesalius, the 16th-century scientist who was the first to study anatomy based on actual human corpses. Today, he's revered as the father of anatomy, but at the time he was controversial—and he didn't get everything right.

"Open up a human body, and you will be very surprised by what you see," writes Hayes, who has participated in such dissections. "Nothing is perfectly clean and clear as anatomical illustrations suggest. The body is murky." Muscles aren't bunched into neat groups, and the point where it becomes tendon or meets a ligament isn't always clear. "What’s more, aging, injury, disease and scarring change things internally," making every body unique. The body still holds mystery today, as it did for Vesalius. "May his fellow scientists in Belgium take this to heart." Click for the full column.

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Box1Car
Dec 4, 2013 7:05 PM CST
In NM (the Land of enchantment) you have to be careful what you wish for. At 254lb I wished I could get back to my old weight of 210 when I first dame back here in 1991. Got my wish- contracted an extreme case of diarrhea "C-Dys" while in hospital for toe amputation & blood poison treatment. Kept in isolation for a month, can you believe I came out weighing 210 (as requested) just in time for Xsgvg But I'd lost all MUSCLE, not any FAT, so now am in process of discovering new muscles that need to be rebuilt or I become a wheelchair bound invalid. Oh well, glad to be alive! ER told me I waited too long to come in (4days of chills). 3 more days and I'd be dead......
793tango
Dec 4, 2013 6:31 PM CST
If they find any of mine I'd like them back......
finkster
Dec 4, 2013 5:49 PM CST
Not surprising.....as i age....i keep finding more hair growing out of different parts of my body than before....I'm beginning to feel like Big Foot.....:-)