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Mnemonics are prolific within medicine, and helpful! When I began medical school, I became intrigued by the idea of using mnemonics as "found imagery", starting points for whimsical illustration, collage, color experimentation and graphic design.

In 2016, I undertook a project to visually explore 16 “high-yield” mnemonics, most of which were gleaned from the white boards at Stanford’s clinical anatomy Dissection Lab*. I began the project by selecting 16 mnemonics*, based on their potential as found imagery and utility during our examinations. I then generated brief descriptions of each mnemonic (found here) and accompanying illustrations.

Clicking on each illustration below will reveal the mnemonic with relevant wiki-links

A major goal of the project was to release it freely --- please download free Kindle/iBook version here --- or a one-off, at-cost printed version?

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Near the end of the project, I made a final collage containing one image from each mnemonic, resulting in the title image of the website:

To conclude the project, I thought it might be fitting to install a print of the anatomic mnemomics where I was first exposed to them --- the white boards of Stanford's clinical anatomy Dissection Lab!

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That's it --- thanks! :)

And please allow me to extend my deepest gratitude to Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, Dr. Audrey Shafer, Dr. Sakti Srivastava, Dr. Darren Salmi, Dr. Ian Whitmore and the Stanford School of Medicine for their generous support, teaching and guidance during this project and beyond --- BIG thanks! :)