The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies

The Anatomical  Exhibition  of  Real  Human  Bodies
October 19th

For  the first time ever in the Midwest, the Saint Louis Science Center  will  bring  the  acclaimed  Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical  Exhibition  of  Real  Human  Bodies  to St. Louis October 19 for a limited engagement in the Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME.
Created  by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German  scientist  and  physician's  30-year  career  in  anatomy. Like its predecessors,  BODY  WORLDS  3  presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including   organs   and   whole   body   specimens,  that  have  undergone
Plastination-von Hagens' groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving  the  body  after  death for medical study, which he invented in 1977.  But  von Hagens says the St. Louis exhibition captures the evolution and refinement of his invention to its outer limits.
"We are very proud to bring this spectacular exhibition to St. Louis," said Doug King, President and CEO of the Science Center. "In every city where it has  appeared,  BODY  WORLDS  has  awed  the  public and sparked meaningful discussions  about  the complexity of human mechanics and the diseases that affect it."
BODY WORLDS 3 has previously appeared in only two other American cities and one   in   Canada.   It   is   the   third   and   most   recent   of   the internationally-renowned exhibitions by Dr. von Hagens.
During  Plastination,  all bodily fluids and soluble fats are replaced with reactive  resins  and  elastomers such as silicon rubber and epoxy, through vacuum-forced impregnation. After gas, heat, or light curing, the specimens assume rigidity and permanence.
"The  purpose of Plastination from its very inception was a scientific one, to  educate  medical  students.  But the interest that laypeople had in the plastinated  specimens inspired me to think of creating public exhibitions, which  was  followed  by  the  realization that I had to offer a heightened sense  of  aesthetics,  to  avoid  shocking the public and to capture their imagination," said von Hagens.
The  striking  whole-body  plastinates in BODY WORLDS 3-people who in their lifetime  donated  their bodies for Plastination for the express purpose of educating  future  generations about health-allow viewers to see inside the staggeringly  complex  and  completely  interconnected  network of muscles, tendons  and  blood vessels that make up our bodies. Many of the whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS 3 will be on display for the first time.
"This educational exhibition will enhance the public's understanding of the human  body  in  an  unprecedented  format," King said. "BODY WORLDS 3 is a transforming  experience.  Visitors  will encounter both the resilience and fragility of the human body. They will discover how a body works when it is healthy and how it breaks down when it is not."
King  said  the aesthetic, accessible displays invite contemplation, study, and  reflection  of  the power  and  vulnerability  of  the  human body by everyone.
"BODY  WORLDS  3  is  a  collaboration, a joint quest towards enlightenment between  donor,  anatomist, and visitor," said Dr. von Hagens. More than 22 million  visitors  in 35 cities across Asia, Europe, and North America have engaged  in  the pact since its debut in Japan in 1996, and more than 7,000 donors  including 142 Americans have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens'

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