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November 29, 2021

Is that a medulla under God's beard?

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Michaelangelo on the brain

While you gaze up at Michaelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, you may notice things that seem more closely related to Gray's Anatomy than the Bible. For a few decades now, MDs have published articles expounding on the hidden anatomical drawings among the artist's paintings of Creation. In 1990, a physician described a drawing of the human brain as the backdrop in the panel showing God touching Adam's finger. In 2000, a nephrologist suggested that the drawing of a kidney appeared in another panel. And in the May 2010 issue of Neurosurgery physicians describe the detailed drawing of the temporal lobe, medulla and pons incorporated into God's neck and chin in the Separation of Light from Darkness. Renaissance experts, however, think these MDs just can't see beyond their profession.

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