Today we’re going to talk about a very special woman named Gerty Cori. Those of you who’ve ever had a biochemistry course have probably already heard of the Cori cycle to which this woman contributed to. So let’s talk about her!
Gerty Theresa Radnitz was her maiden name. She was born in 1847 in what is now known as Czech-Republic. She got admitted to medical school at the Karl-Franz university in 1914 where she met her husband Carl Cori.
Due to anti-semitism in Europe the couple moved to the U.S. and became naturalized citizens. They both worked in a laboratory and investigated the carbohydrate metabolism.
What’s quite striking is that universities wanted Carl Cori to work for them, but not Gerty. Despite these unfortunate events they kept working together however it took Gerti longer to get the same wage and position as her husband had. She was made a professor in 1943 at Washington university (where she’d worked since 1931).
They discovered the Cori cycle for which they got half of the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology in 1947. The other half went to Bernardo Houssay.
The Cori cycle describes how glycogen is converted to lactic acid and then reconverted to glucose.
Prosections are a part of anatomy. You’ll see parts of the human body and you will most likely have to know where the muscles, nerves, veins and arteries are. I spend a lot of time preparing for my prosection course so I have quite a few tips!
1.Look up videos
The best way to have a clue of the material you’ll be studying is to look online for some videos in which they go over every part of the body and talk about what’s important. On youtube you’ll find sapiens medicus, on the internet I found this site. These videos will help you know where to look for certain structures.
2. Anatomy book
Your anatomy book is going to be your best friend during all of med school and it’s filled with pictures of the human body with and without muscles, nerves, arteries and veins. I use Sobotta anatomy which has an online site on which you’ll be able to find anatomical pictures. These are more structured and therefore easier to visualize.
It’s perfectly normal to search for certain structures. Talk to your peers and ask them if they know something you don’t. This is what helped me so much. Everyone I knew seemed to remember a certain part of the human body best. I always asked my friends to help me with structure I didn’t know.
4. Take your time
I ended up going to two groups of prosections to have enough time to revise everything and to make sure that these prosections where actually useful. You’re going to have to retain all of this information and it helps if you do it well. In my university every group got 1:30 hours to look at the cadavers. For me this was not enough so I ended up staying over groups to make sure that I was able to visualize and point out every structure.
I hope you enjoyed these tips! Let me know what you thought of your first prosections in the comments down below 🙂
About a week ago one of my friends told me about a book that was written by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It was an author I’d never even heard about so I went to the library and got ‘The emperor of all maladies’. This book was so interesting that I had to write about it!
The book starts with the history of cancer. Diagnoses started very early but throughout history nobody could find a cure. Not even a way to relieve some of the symptoms. It’s amazing to see that most treatments only started a century ago. Throughout history people often saw cancer as something incurable and there weren’t many scientists who tried to find a cure.
The rise of chemicals has had such a big influence on cancer treatments. The first use of chemicals on cancer patients were more of a trial and error. People kept trying out different chemicals and hoped to find something that could stop the growth of cancerous cells. Some chemicals worked but they always worked temporarily and caused such disappointment. Even trough all of those disappointments people kept going on and kept combining medicines and different techniques to find something.
The reason why this book is really good is because it’s one of the few books that can grab your attention and keep it. It was so well written that you could even think of it as a novel. There is a way of expressing desire in such way that it’s almost as though you’re reliving the entire thing – that’s what this book is able to do.
I would probably tell you more about this book but I don’t want to spoil it by telling everything. I hope that this brief resume interests you enough to go to the library and read it because I promise you this book is amazing.
My exams are almost here and it means that I really need to get things done. Even though I’m the laziest student in my entire year I have acquired quite a lot of usefull tips and tricks to make sure that I’m completely ready for my finals. Today I’ll be sharing my tips with you!
1 Clean up!
Before my exams I want my room to be completely clean. I don’t like it when my stuff is everywhere. If I clean up before my exams start I also know where everything is which means that during my exams I don’t need to start looking for paper or biros.
I start off with my closet and make sure that I have enough clean sweaters, shirts and sweatpants because I live in these things.
Having an empty desk is also very important. If there are to many things on my desk I end up being more distracted. The only things I do keep are my whiteboard, notes, writing tools and a laptop. The laptop is there to listen to music and to track my activity with Pomodoro.
2 Start buying food
I love small snacks while studying and I often end up buying quite a lot of them. My favourite snacks include: nuts, pure chocolate, cherry tomatoes and dried fruit. You can easily prepare your own snack tray before your exams. My personal favorite snacks include pistachios, dried figs and dried berries.
Pealed pistachios are delicious!
Also make sure you have enough water to keep you hydrated the entire day. I also buy some orange juice to keep in the fridge. Cold drinks keep me awake during my day.
3 Study locations
Whenever I study at home I always seem to be very laid back and chill. Most of the time I don’t even get up at 7. I end up going for some coffee or tea and I never feel any pressure. That’s why I prefer studying at libraries; there are no coffee breaks and if you’re not on time you’ll lose your spot. I make sure that I’ve seen all locations before and then pick the one I like most.
4 Get everything ready
Before the whole studying process begins I start by classing all of my courses. I make sure that all the notes and information are in the right binder -I also don’t like studying things on my laptop because it makes my eyes burn after a while so I make sure that I’ve printed everything out. I also make sure that I’ve got my favorite apps ready to use and that I’ve got enough music. If you’re interested in the albums and songs I like then check out my music I’ve been loving post!
That’s how I prep before my exams. Let me know in the comment section how your prepare for your exams! Lots of love and succes with your exams!
Love your melon is one of those things I just saw passing on facebook quite a while ago. I didn’t pay a lot of attention then since all of their beanies kept selling out but I figured that since it’s winter I should write about it. For those of you who’ve never heard of them Love your melon is a company founded by two friends and students who wanted to ‘put a hat on every child batteling cancer in America’. They started in 2012 and have since then donated over 80 000 hats to children and donated a staggering 1,5 million dollars to non-profit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer.
That’s not all! You can help them! If you live in the U.S. you can join their crew programme. The guidelines and details are all listed on their site so make sure to check those out if you’d be interested.
Last but not least I recommend everyone to go get yourself a nice beanie! Just because they’re supporting some very good causes. They have so many different beanies to choose from and if you shouldn’t like beanies, they also sell caps, bags and scarfs. If you want a beanie do make sure you’re quick enough since they tend to sell out quite quickly!
Let me know in the comment section if you liked Love Your Melon and if you want to get a beanie! Lots of love!