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‡ BODY WORLDS by Dr. von Hagens. real human specimens are preserved by plastination.

The Basketball Player, Gunther von Hagens, photographed in Munich (Art Museum), 2003

‡ Defensed for taking cautious for the diseases. 9% of those interviewed in a follow-up survey indicated that they had smoked less or had given up smoking altogether since then. Non-smooker s lung Smookers lung Six months after attending the exhibition. .

‡ Visitors: More than 32 million people ‡ Donations: More than 12.000 ‡ Laboratories: More than 400 in 40 countries Visitors at BODY WORLDS Visitors at BODY WORLDS .

Body Worlds 2 premiered in Los Angeles. 2008 Body Worlds 5 Heidelberg. Japan. Body Worlds 3 Houston. 1995 Then.Exhibitions ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ The first Body Worlds exhibit Tokyo. 2006 Body Worlds 4 Manchester. 2009 Body Worlds 6 Sevilla. 2005. Germany. Spain. Germany . 2009 Body Worlds of Animals Neunkirchen. traveled throughout Asia. Europe. and the United States. UK. California. Texas.

10 January 1945) is a controversial German anatomist who invented the technique for preserving biological tissue specimens called plastination plastination. .Gunther von Hagens (born Gunther Liebchen.

2002 UK .Public Autopsy of Gunther von Hagen.

Legal accusations ‡ In 2002 there were legal proceedings against a senior pathologist and coroner in Siberia regarding a shipment of 56 corpses to Heidelberg. psychiatric institutions and hospitals in Kyrgyzstan. the University of Heidelberg filed a criminal complaint against von Hagens. ‡ In 2003. . ‡ In 2003. an animal rights organization filed a complaint alleging that von Hagens did not have proper papers for a gorilla he had plastinated. ‡ In October 2003. and that he had failed to state the foreign origin of his title in Germany. a parliamentary committee in Kyrgyzstan investigated accusations that von Hagens had illegally received and plastinated several hundred corpses from prisons. some without prior notification of the families. claiming that he had misrepresented himself as a professor from a German university in a Chinese document.

‡ All anatomical specimens on display in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions are authentic. ‡ . People want to be plastinated after their death for a number of reasons. The predominant desire is to serve medical research. They belonged to people who declared during their lifetime that their bodies should be made available after their deaths for the qualification of physicians and the instruction of laypersons.

‡ (3) By purchasing old anatomical collections from established institutions and museums. in particular those for anatomy and pathology. .Where do the specimens come from? The Institute for Plastination obtains its anatomical specimens from the following sources: ‡ (1) From the body donor programs listed above. ‡ (2) From established morphological institutes.

there are also no burial costs. .‡ The donors or their next of kin must pay for the body to be sent to the Institute for Plastination or an Institute for Plastination embalming facility. The Institute for Plastination does not charge a fee for donating bodies or for plastinating them.

Gunther von Hagens. The Chess Player. patented it between 1977 and 1982. and have been continually improving the process ever since. developed at the University of Heidelberg s Institute of Anatomy in 1977.Plastination the Plastination technique. 1997 .

creating a volume deficit in the specimen which allows it to be permeated by the plastic.The centerpiece of plastination: forced impregnation. acetone trickles out of the tissue. In a vacuum. .

The force of the vacuum squeezes the acetone out of the specimen in bubbles and to the top of the impregnation tank.Forced impregnation in a glass vacuum bell. .


PR China.000 to 1. . 1.The Institute for Plastination (IfP).500 man-hours are required to produce one whole-body plastinate. Approx. 1993 Dissection in Gunther von Hagens' laboratory in Dalian.

.Specimens plastinated with silicone are cured with a special gas. Completion of this plastinate took three years. Rearing Horse with Rider during positioning.

‡ The objectives of the IfP are. Configuration of Blood Vessels. 2002 . Improving overall anatomical instruction Improving awareness of medical issues. particularly among the general public Popularizing and developing plastination techniques The Thinker. Gunther von Hagens.

1997 Gaspar Becerra. St. Cooper Engraving.Science and Art The Skin Man. 1556 Michelangelo. Barth detail of Sistine Chapel. 1541 .

1999 Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Odalisque with a Slave. 1840 .Reclining Pregnant Woman.

The Burning Giraffe. 1999 Salvador Dali.The Drawer Man. 1937 .

‡ Informative exhibit. it is criticized as being a "shameless Victorian freak show". fitness and health to be contagious and relayed by visitors to their social networks. wax figures. and bottled specimens of earlier eras ‡ On the other hand. and the process of plastination allows people to discover human anatomy in ways not possible through the drawings.Conclusion ‡ Can be beneficial for the message of vitality. .


Discussion ‡ Do you think this plastination has dignity and ethics as Hagens defends? ‡ Would you like to donate your body as well for plastination? Why? .

com http://en.Bibliography ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Institute of Plastination. Donating Your Body for Plastination . Germany. .

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