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Colouring book for all ages reveals body beauty

The Royal College of Pathologists has launched a new colouring book designed to help patients combat anxiety, loneliness and boredom.

Incredible You, a new colouring book for all ages, reveals the surprising beauty hidden in pathology, the study of diseases.

The Incredible You colouring book features a series of drawings based on real specimens, which reveal the vibrant and intricate patterns of life.

Developed with scientist-turned-artist, Dr Lizzie Burns, Incredible You is designed to support learning and relaxation through its intricate depictions of molecules, viruses and cells. These show the unexpected beauty of our bodies at a tiny scale.

Dr Lizzie Burns, creator of the illustrations, said:

Working with people in hospital, I saw first-hand how much colouring-in can be enjoyed to help combat anxiety, loneliness and boredom. Your body is amazing and I hope these images will excite curiosity, learning and delight with beautiful patterns emerging through colour. I also wanted to challenge the image of pathology; these images celebrate life.

The illustrations cover the 17 pathology specialties and range from the wonder of a human blastocyst developing at the start of life, to tree-like cells in our brains that allow us to learn and grow. These unique colouring-in resources are free for anyone to download from the Royal College of Pathologists’ website.

Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists, said:

The biological structures that make up life are truly awe-inspiring. Starting at a molecular level, Incredible You shows life in all its complexity. Exploring the science behind our 17 pathology specialties, the illustrations open up a world that is rarely seen.

Pathology underpins every aspect of patient care, from diagnostic testing and treatment to disease prevention and cutting-edge research. We hope people will use our resources to express their creativity, de-stress, and discover more about our bodies and how they work.

Image: Royal College of Pathologists

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