Pathology Education – Inktober Drawings

This page is to collect my pathology study aids in one place from my recent Inktober challenge art where I drew a pathology-related drawing for every day in October.

Day 1 – A primer on signet rings.

Day 1 - Signet Rings

Courtesy of @MatthewZaba: Lung adenocarcinomas with ALK fusion are significantly more likely to have abundant signet ring cells.

Courtesy of @gibbspath: People with germline mutations in the CDH1 gene are at risk for this in the stomach and invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast.

Courtesy of @DrAHLAMN1: It is sneaky in GIT so you may need to request some IHC as I saw a case of metastatic breast lobular ca in the stomach which look like signet ring ca

Day 2 – Brain tumours by anatomical location

Day 2 - brain oil

Day 3 – Echinococcus, the causal organism of hydatid cysts

Day 3 - Echinococcus

Day 4 – A day in the life of a frozen section.

Day 4 - Freeze

Day 5 – The life of a B cell from its origin in the bone marrow to its maturation in the lymph node, and all the markers it gains and loses along the way.

Day 6 - B-cell

Day 6 – two different causes for enlarged lymph nodes, one benign and one malignant

Day 6 - Husky nodes

Day 7 – a stroll through the enchanted forest of adnexal neoplasms!

Day 7 - Enchanted forest oil

Day 8 – This sketch focuses on vascular lesions in the brain – aneurysms, AVMs, and cavernomas

Day 8 - brain

Day 9A few translocation associated sarcomas  If you want to learn more, check out the sarcoma videos by @JMGardnerMD on YouTube.

A great tip – these are usually not associated with significant pleomorphism!

Day 9 - Translocation Sarcomas

Analysis of Margaret Atwood’s “True Trash”

There are multiple key elements in this short story. A key theme in “True Trash” is the exploration of the Madonna/Whore complex. Each of the characters in the story suffer the same binary. The waitresses read trashy magazines that make a morality tale of the “bad woman” falling for the “bad man”. In the magazine, sex is described only with an ellipses: “dot dot dot”. The girls fantasize about letting go and yielding to their sexual desires, and suppress that, ridicule it by laughing.

The Madonna/Whore binary is deconstructed in the story. With Ronette, Atwood creates a prototypical Whore character and explores the complexities of the role. Ronette does not have a voice of her own, she is seen through the eyes of Donny and Joanne only. Neither can truly understand her or accept her and the role she plays. Ronette is set up as the whore, the “tartiest”, the “most forbidden”. She is described as cheap, easy. The boys objectify her, reduce her to body parts (as when they look at her through the binoculars, or when they attempt to peer down her shirt when she waits on their table). Darce trash talks her behind her back and by the end of the story, he doesn’t even remember her. Ronette is set up as the classic whore character, doomed to fall. But Ronette is hard to understand, she doesn’t quite fit into the classic binary. She is not given a nickname, a symbol of intimacy and familiarity. She decides to keep her illegitimate baby, eschewing the stigma. She is freely sexual. She asks why the other girls are laughing when they read the magazine, because she has no need to suppress her sexuality with ridicule.

Joanne is the contrast to Ronette, the prototypical Madonna. She refuses to kiss Perry on the island. She romanticizes her absent boyfriend, attempting to sleep with his letter under her pillow. Joanne is the good girl, the faithful girlfriend, but she also reads the trashy magazine and wishes to be able to be like Ronette. Joanne is unclear about her position in the Madonna/Whore binary, doing what others tell her is right, but also feels trapped by it, resents it. At the end of the story, Joanne represents the binary perfectly, saying “sex lurked dangerously[…].On the other hand there had been marriage, which meant wifely checkered aprons, play-pens, a sugary safety.” At the end of the story, Joanne claims things have changed, the story could not have happened now, implying a dissolution of the binary. The fact that the character still struggle to define Ronette seems to indicate it has not dissolved, only shifted slightly.

Donny is similarly trapped by this binary. He pretends to feel lust for Ronette and the other girls, though he does not. He feels pressured to objectify the girls, and that leads to conflict for him. When he overhears Darce objectifying Ronette, he retaliates by destroying the binoculars. By doing this, he is removing some aspect of the male gaze from Ronette. No longer will the boys be able to spy on the waitresses and objectify them that way. Yet, Donny himself reduces Ronette to a slut, to the character of the whore.

Neither Joanne nor Donny know how Ronette’s story ended. She remains complex and illusive. Through Ronette’s character, Atwood deconstructs the familiar Madonna/Whore binary, leaving the reader in contemplation of the role of sex and intimacy in society, both now and in the past.

Math Puns

What did the mathematician get when he solved a probability equation?



A mathematician was trying to cross a river. He had six kids with him before crossing, but only five after. What happened?

He forgot to carry the one.


Why did the mathematician quit being a detective?

He ran across an ambiguous case.


Why did the math empire fall?

Too much division.


How do you settle an argument between a lumberjack and a beaver?

Refer to the log laws.


What’s a math loving beaver’s favorite type of music?



Our lives are like the forces within an accelerating frame of reference: they don’t add up.


Life is like the law of conservation of linear momentum: you get back what you put in.


Why should you worry about the math teacher holding graph paper?

She’s definitely plotting something.

Bed 7

Code bells ringing, pagers jingling
Start of shift and lots of coffee.
Rounds and charts
Discharge papers
Vancomycin, and doxycycline.

Start on 1g IV
That’s for VRE and
CPR is not
Not for everyone.
Patients in and patients out
Time of death to new admission
Take the room.

Labs and lytes
Physical examination
Wave your magic wand and
Hocus POCUS.
Call the doctor
(Wait, I’m the doctor)
Call cardio, nephro.
Tell yourself,
(but not the patient!)
It’ll be ok.
What’s that one
That diagnosis
They told you in class
Never to miss?

Blood work’s back.
The family is here.
Leave the room
(Did you forget to FIFE them?)
Wellness break
and get a coffee.

And oh do not
Do not resuscitate
if I fall asleep
on the couch
in the break room
Because coffee is never enough,
Not in this job,
But I do it anyway.
And the pagers call me into battle
And they say
“Call me please, when there’s a change.”
There’s a change.
We call for an autopsy.

The schism that started it all!

You may be wondering what’s the deal with the blog’s name. Love, life, and position-time graphs are obviously all a huge part of humanity as we know it, but where’s the idea come from? In fact, it came from the most interesting things that could happen: a schism!

Myself and my partner Ferrinas were a part of our high school’s newspaper. We were excited and optimistic. Suddenly! Over the course of several months! The executive team ballooned in size. To fill pages they started accepting terrible writing, and worst of all, they wouldn’t provide enough punny content. So the dynamic duo that runs this blog schismed and started an independent newsletter, with a pun corner and everything. You can find our two editions below. Enjoy!

Love, Life and Position-time Graphs [Issue I, Vol.1]