Why Settle?

Why Settle?

Having some fun making ads, which, as a medical and scientific illustrator, is not my main specialization. What do you think?       Custom medical illustrations, prepared for pharmaceutical, advertising, medical-legal, scientific publication, surgical journals, medical conferences, and patient education materials.   May 3, 2016 Laura Maaske, MSc.BMC. Biomedical Communicator –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Laura Maaske – ... Read More »

Metaphors in Medicine…

The hippocampus is to your brain just as the keyboard is to the computer's hard drive. The hippocampus is not where your memories are stored. But you depend on it to store memories. Read More »

Personal Photographic Explorations

Personal Photographic Explorations

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein It may seem disjointed to combine with my work as a medical artist on this site with my personal photography. However, what patterns I see and explore in nature are a continued source for my understanding of natural patterns and natural textures. I ... Read More »

Surgical Illustration Series: Laparoscopic Intra-Gastric Resection for Submucosal Proximal Gastric Tumor

Surgical Illustration Series: Laparoscopic Intra-Gastric Resection for Submucosal Proximal Gastric Tumor

Surgical Procedure Written and illustrated by Laura Maaske, MSc.BMC, Biomedical Visualizer I drew the surgical illustrations below to reveal a specific surgical procedure to remove a stomach tumor. The procedure is called known as a Laparoscopic Intra-Gastric Resection for Submucosal Proximal Gastric Tumor. My illustrations reflect the particular surgical approach taken by Dr. Julie Hellet of Sunnybrook Health ... Read More »

Illustrating the Lateral Approach to the Left Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy

Illustrating the Lateral Approach to the Left Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy

The Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove both solid and cystic tumors from the distal pancreas. Tumors of this type to this area of the pancreas usually affect middle-aged adult women. Surgeons aim to preserve as many of the critical splenic and pancreatic vessels as possible. Careful effort is made to preserve the surrounding tissues. This way, the blood supply to vital pancreatic tissues is not disturbed. The procedure is performed laparoscopically as this is less invasive than an open surgical technique, and offers a more cosmetic impact. Read More »

An Illustrated Ovarian Transposition: Oophoropexy

An Illustrated Ovarian Transposition: Oophoropexy

I created this surgical illustration series on the oophoropexy, or ovarian transposition. This is a surgery in which a woman's ovary is moved to a different part of her abdomen so that radiation can be safely performed. Later in her life, the surgeon may move the ovary back to its proper position, giving the woman a better chance to become pregnant. Read More »

Changing Trees to Bamboo

Changing Trees to Bamboo

The Chinese language builds like bamboo, held in lines by knots and short, strong segments. “Learn to change trees to bamboo and bamboo to trees”, the author suggested. Read More »

An Alphabet for Grasses: Painting Complex & Simple

An Alphabet for Grasses: Painting Complex & Simple

The Aleph is the first stroke of the universe. Back before I stumbled upon a “first stroke” of my own, I thought of the Aleph as a tree. It was like the solid base of a trunk: the source. This is not wrong. But then, I found a new way to see it. Drawing letters, playing with curves, might allow you to explore the strokes you like best and choose from among them. Certain strokes do hold more than others. which is what I learned painting these grasses …a magical idea. Read More »

Medical Illustration Gallery

Medical Illustration Gallery

Here are just a few of the medical illustrations I've prepared for clients. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the illustrations or about pricing. Read More »

Sweet April Pond Songs

Sweet April Pond Songs

This is my favorite time of year, because of the frog chorus. I can walk out my back door and explore the ponds and woods with my daughters. The air is cool and full of new growth, and there isn't the heaviness of mosquito clouds that will be surrounding us in another month or two. Read More »

The Mystery of Wrinkled Icicles: Solved

The Mystery of Wrinkled Icicles: Solved

It's still cold here in the Midwest and not yet through our arctic winter, but with all the cold has come this beautiful array of icicles not yet melting. I have just learned that icicles are smooth if they are made from distilled water. And they are rippled if the water has minerals and salts. This rippling, in fact, occurs at the same wavelength, world over. Nobody claims to know why the wavelength is the same, or even how why the ripples form as a result of the impurities. Read More »

Textbooks Make a Leap

Textbooks Make a Leap

“The most important development in the world of literature after Gutenberg is the electronic book, or e-book” -Siriginidi Subba Rao Breaking into a New World The Love of Turning Pages It’s not a fair choice to have to make, between digital and printed books. And overall as readers, we are choosing both in different ways. ... Read More »

Ideas I’d Like to Illustrate: Any Takers?…

Ideas I’d Like to Illustrate: Any Takers?…

Recently I read that our digestive tract have more neurons than a domestic cat has in its whole brain. So when I read that microbes in our guts may be controlling the moods we experience in our brains, it came as not such a surprise. The particular strain of microbes in your gut may be responsible for emotional health as well as your physical health. They may determine your sense of fear or anxiety or relaxation and calm. Stephen Collins, McMaster University, Canada, was the first to make this connection, in his studies on rats. Research is being done on humans now, by UCLA's Center for Neurobiology of Stress, Emeran Mayer, M.D. Read More »

Another Artist Seeking Patterns in Nature…

Another Artist Seeking Patterns in Nature…

“Beauty and seduction are natures tools of survival.” -Louie Schwartzberg   Louie Schwartzberg is an filming artist who captures patterns. Because I spend time in nature, photographing the patterns I see, I have loved his high and slow-motion time-lapse photography, and his vision. He says he learned to create it when he was young, patiently working for an ... Read More »

The Pull to the Countryside

The Pull to the Countryside

Drawing Physicians to Rural America with the AHA This October 1st opened enrollment of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), which is the most sweeping social change for Americans since the Social Security Act Roosevelt signed in in 1935. The AMA has praised this event as historic. And with the government taking a stronger control ... Read More »

Untying the Knot: Your Heart is Actually a Spiral

Untying the Knot: Your Heart is Actually a Spiral

The heart is, “an arrangement so unusual and perplexing, that it has long been considered as forming a kind of Gordian knot in Anatomy. Of the complexity of the arrangement I need not speak further than to say that Vesalius, Albinus, Haller and De Blainville, all confessed their inability to unravel it”. –James Bell Pettigrew, 1834-1908 ... Read More »

Flipping the Medical School Classroom

Flipping the Medical School Classroom

The high-tech future of medical education Was your medical training all you had hoped it to be? Did you learn as much as you expected or knew you could? Was learning effective, efficient, and fun? Technology is changing the practice of medicine. But it is also changing the way medical students learn, expectations of their ... Read More »

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