New colouring book reveals the beauty of pathology

The Royal Collge of Pathologists at the Big Bang Fair in Manor Park in Sutton, London. Showcasing their new 'Incredible You' initiative.

If you love adult colouring, you’ll love this! The Royal College of Pathologists has launched Incredible You – a new colouring book to reveal the beauty of pathology.

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.

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.”

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.”

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