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The matter of the heart

The heart is an extraordinary, unsleeping organ. Witness the heart in action with amazing modern imaging techniques, followed by a discussion of a pig's heart with Dr Susie Whiten.

The heart is an extraordinary organ, it contracts rhythmically all our lives, can react instantaneously to extreme physical demands and never sleeps. Like the rest of the human body, its structure is an exceptional example of how structure and function are inextricably linked. Beating tirelessly approximately 3,020,000,000 times in 80 years, it is a powerful muscular organ but it has surprisingly, and perhaps alarmingly, very delicate valves upon which all our lives depend. Taking apart its intricate structure by dissection can be an unbeatable learning experience – seeing really is believing! Visualise cardiac anatomy with amazing modern imaging techniques of the heart in action followed by a dissection of a pig’s heart. Susie aims to share with you the amazement that she feels every time she sees the internal intricacies of this awesome organ.


Dr Susie Whiten | talks


Date and Time:

12 November 2008 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
+44 20 74 09 29 92

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