Monday, October 02, 2006

Real Body Exhibition in Taiwan

Horrid Spectacle?
Amazing Art Piece?
Deep Fascination?

Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, is a first-of-its-kind exhibit in which guests learn about anatomy, physiology and health by viewing real human bodies, preserved through an extraordinary method called “plastination.”The exhibition features more than 200 authentic human specimens, including entire bodies as well as individual organs and transparent body slices. Using the revolutionary process of plastination, the body specimens are preserved with special plastics that enable us to view the many organs and systems under our skin. The exhibit also allows for guests to understand diseases, the effects of tobacco consumption and use of artificial supports such as knees and hips.

Invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the plastination process replaces the natural fluids in the body with reactive plastics that are initially pliable, but then harden after infusion. By hardening the plastic in the specimens, the bodies may be fixed into life-like poses, which illustrates how our bodies respond internally to everyday activities.


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