Welcome to the Bionalogy website!


This resource is dedicated to students and practitioners of nursing and midwifery.

The aim is to make use of metaphors, models, and analogies where appropriate as a way of understanding biological themes linked with health care. (There is a brief discussion of what I mean by analogy and metaphor in the context of biology here.)

There are two main sections:

1 Understanding the body - this is about the general structure and function of the body after birth

2 Prenatal development - this is about development of the body before birth


This resource will be added to gradually over time, so please revisit! I am archiving drawings I have used for teaching these topics here in case they are of use to you.


If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Richard Dryden:

This site was set up on 5th May 2004; latest revision: 17/01/17
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What is an analogy? The body Before birth