Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Cover for the Journal of Anatomy

My illustration on the subject of motor neurone disease has been used on the cover of this month's Journal of Anatomy. 
The idea is of a motor neuron 'tree' with the nerve endings (dendrites) forming the branches, the axon the trunk and the roots being formed by the terminal endings. I wanted to show the tree - usually something strong, natural and healthy, slowly deteriorating with the addition of a woodpecker pecking away at the neuron trunk, showing the damage in a gentle, subtle way. 
The image was originally created as a test piece for 'The Lancet' but was never used, so it's good to see it finally see the light of day! 

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