This blog will chronicle the adventures and musings of C and T, a couple currently finishing college and aspiring to become doctors, together. The tentative name for this blog, therefore, is “anastomosed.”
Christine Montross, a medical student at Brown, explains the term in her book Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab:
The intersection of these two arches [superficial palmar and deep palmar, on your hand] and their subsequent shared pathways–and other intersections like them elsewhere in the body–has a beautiful name: anastomosis. The verb form is even prettier–the arches anastomose (from the Greek word meaning to intercommunicate, inosculate; said of blood vessels, sap vessels, rivers, and branches of trees). It is fitting, then, that anastomoses have highly important functionality. They represent multiple possible pathways for blood, so that in case of the interruption of one vessel, as with blood clots, trauma, or atherosclerotic narrowing, the blood’s flow in areas of particular importance will be preserved. Not surprisingly, the body’s most prominent anastomosis is the circle of Willis, joining the two carotid arteries with the basilar artery to provide blood to the brain.
The word represents a connection of two previously separate lives, one that strengthens flow by allowing one to support the other in tough times. The most prominent anastomosis supports brain function, and additionally, according to the OED, the oldest etymological origin of anastomse is a term that means “to furnish with a mouth or outlet.” This blog will then furnish us with an outlet for our thoughts, reflections on our lives (related to medical training or not), memories, hopes and dreams.