Superficial facial nerves medical illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibiotics)

I'm Ciléin Kearns, a doctor and medical illustrator drawing from a background in video games to open up medicine, one artibiotic at a time.

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The Brain: the Story of You

The Brain: the Story of You

The Brain on my bookshelf

‘The Brain: the story of you’ has been released! It’s the first book my art has been published in, which I worked on while in medical school. I was thrilled to receive a beautiful hard copy from the publisher Canongate. The book is by renowned neuroscientist, author, and presenter David Eagleman, exploring our understanding of the brain, from bias to memory. Fascinating research is broken down at a public level in an interesting way. Stephen Fry himself wrote the foreword, which is a humbling little testament to the content. David also stars in a television documentary series by the same name which you might have seen.

This was a key moment in my life, holding a physical artefact with 11 of my medical illustrations and a lovely credit in the book itself acknowledging the work.

Some of my medical illustrations in the book!

Below I share some more of the illustrations from inside:

Henry Molaison brain by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibiotics)

Medical illustration; braintings!

The trolley dilemma by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibioitcs)
Split brain diagram by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibiotics)

A diagram of an experiment to demonstrate the effect of having a ‘split brain’ when the connections between hemispheres (corpus callosum) are cut.

3D illustrations by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibiotics)
Physiological effects of fear by Dr Ciléin Kearns

If you’re interested in the secrets of ‘The Brain’ check it out on Amazon, or the upcoming  TV series by the same name.

Prescription Play: video game innovation in healthcare

Prescription Play: video game innovation in healthcare

Alcohol in pregnancy

Alcohol in pregnancy