The Vital Organs
The definition of a vital organ is any organ of the body that, if severely damaged, interrupted, or removed, will eventually cause death. The following are all considered to be vital organs:
- Large Intestines
- Small Intestines
Vital Organ Damage
If any one of the above organs is severely damaged to the point where it no longer functions or functions sufficiently, then a person will die. Some organ failures may lead to death quickly, while death could take days with some other organ failures. But overall you will not survive for long if you do not have all ten of these vital organs functioning correctly.
A damaged organ is not the only way in which a person might die, but it is a certainty that if a vital organ is damaged and not sufficiently repaired in time then the individual will die.
For your ranking examination you should be able to clearly name each of the ten vital organs. An easy way to remember their order is to start at the brain and list them as you descend downward from there. The order would typically be brain, lungs, heart, stomach, pancreas, liver, large intestines, small intestines, kidney and skin (which of course, could be listed first since it is present at the top of the head). We do not care in which order you name these organs, but you should be able to name all ten. We can count.
As you progress through the belt rankings in Tensoku Ryu you will frequently encounter these organs in various anatomical studies. Within the Purple Belt curriculum you will study the Circulatory System which in one way or another impacts all of these organs. But the heart plays a central role in this system. Each anatomical system you study will involve one or more of these vital organs in some manner.
Some of you may be saying, “But wait, you can live without kidneys if you get dialysis treatments.” The same argument could be made for artificial lungs or an artificial heart. Yes, you can live (with significant limitations) without one (and I suppose several) of these organs, but you cannot live without the function of that organ being provided in some manner. Artificial means can be used to support life in many, but not all circumstances. For example, there is not yet (though I imagine they’re working on it) an artificial brain. And of course no sane person would wish to undergo dialysis if it can be avoided. To a person those who are in this situation would, I’m sure, prefer to have the organ than its artificial replacement.