Articulation VIII



that the present is strictly a physiological view of man

that the living body may abandon a portion of the matter, of which it was formed

that the bones of the animal were red

that they would have been rejected as fables, if they had not been stated by men, whose testimony is indisputable

that they extend uniformly from one extremity of the body to the other

that all these membranes exist in a normal manner in the economy

that transfusion has become celebrated

that the blood soon ceases to circulate in simple spaces

that the vascular apparatus forms a complete circle


that he introduced into the femoral artery a quill

that sparks may be elicited by collision with steel

that the skin and tendons resist a long time the action of the stomach

that they do not press against each other in any position of the body

that the pleura envelopes the lungs


that this cord is endowed with an extreme sensibility

that the principal use of the nose is to direct the inspired air

that the sense of vision has need of a kind of education

that it should present great solidity in its articulation

that in the superior animals the thoracic almost always alone serve for flight

Articulation IX



that his directions may be intelligently carried out

that she may be able to describe to the physician the exact location of pain

that receives the eye


that these structures disintegrate very rapidly

that we are forced to breathe

Articulation XII



that at first sight they appear to form a homogeneous whole

that mercury may be made to pass between them

that the fourth and fifth are always smaller than the rest

that they give passage to small veins

that bone is joined to the temporal


that their number is greater in females

that they become livid for some time when mulberries are eaten

that some of the teeth are double


that I consider it useless to recapitulate their articulations

that they also receive nerves

that they are completely protected from pressure when the bones move upon each other

that the interlockings seem to circumscribe the face


that bone

that bone

that bone

that name

that body, these filaments

that they are entirely wanting









All lines in “Articulation VIII” are excerpted from H. (Henri) Milne-Edwards, Outlines of Anatomy and Physiology, trans. J. F. W. (John Foster Williams) Lane (Boston: C.C. Little and J. Brown, 1841).


All lines in “Articulation IX” are excerpted from Le Roy Lewis, Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses, 3rd ed. (Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders company, 1914).


All lines in “Articulation XII” are excerpted from Hippolyte Cloquet and Robert Knox, A System of Human Anatomy (Edinburgh: Maclachlan and Stewart, 1828).

Elizabeth Kate Switaj (website) is the Chair of Liberal Arts at the College of the Marshall Islands. She holds a PhD in English from Queen’s University Belfast and has taught in Japan and China. Her first collection, Magdalene & the Mermaids, is published by Paper Kite Press, and her poems have recently appeared in Hawaii Review, Potluck Mag, and Silver Birch Press.