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The Fantastic Voyage of the GI System

For centuries, scientists have studied the anatomy of the human gastrointestinal tract. This has resulted in a number of eponyms in this part of the human body, which honour the discoveries of these early pioneers. Knowing more about the historical background of these individuals and their work makes medical science more dynamic.

By analogy with isaac Asimov’s Fantastic Voyage, we would like to take you on a journey through the human body. in Asimov’s story, a team of people is miniaturized to microscopic size and injected into a scientist’s bloodstream so they can dissolve a blood clot in the man’s brain. our journey, however, has no other mission than to marvel at the background of the anatomical eponyms. Additionally, our exit will not be quite the same as in Asimov’s story, in
which the team leaves the body in a teardrop: instead we shall travel the route of an ingested particle.

Embarking on our voyage, we must first pass through Waldeyer’s ring. This ring consists of the lingual, pharyngeal and the palatine tonsils.

Join the authors: Matthijs P Somford, Geertruid MH Marres, and George P van der Schelling on their GI fantastic voyage, in their article from The Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases. 

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