Ghostpoet chose the liver – concerned about his lifestyle and “the damage it might be causing” – he wanted to know more.
His journey began on Harley Street where leading surgeon Dr Charles Imber described the liver’s regenerative capability and his work in liver resections and transplants. He explored the myth of Prometheus, who, chained to a rock, had his liver torn out each day by an eagle only for it to grow back each time.
He looked at livers in jars at King’s College’s Gordon Museum of Pathology, where he saw the physical impacts of disease on the organ.
At the liver unit in St Mary’s Hospital, with Professor Simon Taylor Robinson, Consultant Hepatologist and Professor of Translational Medicine at Imperial College London, Ghostpoet underwent a liver ‘fibroscan’ which tests for liver damage (happily – he came out healthy).
IN GHOSTPOET’S WORDS:
“I chose the liver because as a heavy drinker at times, I felt It was necessary to discover more about an organ I was potentially destroying as a past-time. What I realised as my journey of discovery unfolded, was that the liver is a much more complicated and essential organ than one could imagine. I’ve learned a lot along the way and this project has offered up a lot of food for thought”