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The body of the person is a studying subject from the very beginning of human history. The modern scientific directions in anatomy and physiology come from symbiosis of the art and anatomy which arose during a Renaissance era. At the beginning of the 16th century Leonardo da Vinci submitted to one of the first rather detailed and exact sketches of a human body and its structures. In 1543 Vezaly published the well-known textbook De Humani Corporis Fabrica (About a structure of a human body) with beautiful illustrations of it.
Having modern technologies at our disposal, we can submit data on physiology and anatomy in a computable format. By means of Wolfram|Alpha we created for all an opportunity to easily study how separate anatomical structures are connected with each other in a human body, and also to investigate both the whole systems of bodies, and their microscopic components.
Let's begin our research with macroscopic structures.
From important body of cardiovascular system — heart:
Wolfram|Alpha provides not only the main information on an anatomic structure (the Latin name, function, group, parts etc.), but also calculates the relations and communications between anatomical structures.
Here, for example, the arteries supplying blood to heart:
It is so easy to compare couple of large vessels of cardiovascular system.
Aorta and lower hollow vein:
Anatomic data are also available also through Wolfram Language (their availability in the Wolfram Language language automatically means that you can use this functionality in Wolfram Mathematica and Wolfram Cloud).
Let's consider the musculoskeletal device. If you the professional gymnast or the one who often visits a gym you are probably interested in development of muscles of legs. And what muscles are? Wolfram Language can provide data on what muscles are available in legs:
Let's consider now muscles which are very often involved during exercises — gastrocnemius muscles.
The beginning of a muscle (the fixed end) and attachment (the mobile end):
Now we know that gastrocnemius muscles are connected to femoral and calcaneal bones. But where exactly they are in a leg?
Nothing to as there are a lot of bones! How we will be able to see the wood behind these trees? Let's find out how they are with each other connected:
We can see five fingers on the right, and also a leg and a hip at the left. May we learn names of these bones?
It is very useful to know how bones connect with each other. May we find calcaneal and femoral bones and look at how they look?
The calcaneal bone is how big? Going further away, it is possible even to learn the volume of a calcaneal bone:
Let's assume that after an hour of run on a racetrack which according to data of Wolfram|Alpha, burns about 946 calories (at a speed of run about 8 min./mile) you receive a signal from a brain of what it is time to eat, and you eat chocolate bar, covering power consumptions.
Having clicked "Ctrl" + "=" (in Wolfram Mathematica or Wolfram Cloud) and having gathered "digestive organs" (bodies of system of digestion), we will gain an impression about the main bodies of a gastrointestinal tract:
Let's receive the list of bodies of system of digestion and we will find out — that they do:
And now we use the Wordcloud function and we will create a cloud of the words which are most often used for the description of digestive functions:
Digestive activity — unconscious process which is regulated by our vegetative nervous system.
Let's find out what nerves innervate these digestive organs:
The vagabonding nerve and its branches in nervous system manage activity of a stomach in a gastrointestinal tract .
After you eat a chocolate, your level of glucose in blood raises. Therefore the pancreas selects insulin:
This hormone, in particular, signals a kernel of a gipotalamus about what you ate which, in turn, decides that you are full :
How they influence at each other?
Let's illustrate these communications:
The Paraventrikulyarny kernel of a gipotalamus (red) is connected with regulation of appetite , and you can see its communications with a trunk of a brain which is engaged in gastrointestinal functions.
At last, let's look where this kernel is. The Paraventrikulyarny kernel of a gipotalamus is in the left hemisphere of your brain, almost precisely on the center:
Not important — is - whether anatomy part of your daily work, or it is simply one of your interests — the calculated anatomic data will give you available and deep understanding of how parts of a human body correspond with each other. If you want to study in more detail this subject, can look at documentation on AnatomyData in which the sick amount of anatomic concepts and their properties is presented.
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