Monday, March 6, 2017

From The Bench: Artwork and Anatomy

By Francis Smith

I have found my artwork is a valuable tool in educating others about the anatomical differences in craniofacial anomalies. For example, I was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) and my anatomy is very different. These illustrations help explain to other people what my skull looks like without ears and how I hear. In addition, these drawings illustrate my lack of ears and how my hearing device, a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) functions.  I have also drawn a normal ear for purposes of comparison. 

Through this artwork, I illustrate how my skull appears with TCS in comparison with normal skull anatomy. My skull drawings are based on old CT scans taken of me in 1982 (age 7), before I began the series of my craniofacial reconstructive surgeries. I hope you enjoy and are inspired by them. Please use these images to teach others about facial differences, Treacher Collins Syndrome, and the power of surgical and medical interventions. 

Human Skull 

Human Skull 

Drawing of a Treacher Collins Syndrome Skull

Drawing of a Treacher Collins Syndrome Skull

Anatomy of Ear 

Drawing of how BAHA Device appears when in place

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