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    "Body Worlds"

    I saw an ad for this on the metrolink this morning. What do y'all think of this? I think it's awful...

    http://www.slsc.org/content.aspx?id=3255
    Throughout the ages, medical scholars and students have strived to understand how our bodies function through exploration of real human specimens. Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, the most highly attended touring exhibition in the world, takes this tradition one step further by presenting a new look at the human body.

    Take an eye-opening journey through the inner workings of the human body, exploring specific areas including the locomotive, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, cardiovascular, digestive and reproductive systems. See muscles, bones and tendons that help us move; study the parts and organs that allow us to fuel our bodies; view the complex pathways of our vascular system; and realize how human life is made possible.

    This original and unprecedented exhibition of real human bodies features about 200 authentic human specimens, including whole-bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices that have been preserved through the process of Plastination, a revolutionary specimen preservation process that was invented by Dr. von Hagens in 1977, which replaces bodily fluids and fat with reactive plastics. The specimens on display were generously willed by body donors during their lifetime for the express purpose of Plastination and educational enlightenment. BODY WORLDS 3 offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and understand our own physiology and health and to gain new appreciation and respect for what it means to be human.
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    Body Worlds (German title: Körperwelten) is a traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts that are prepared using a technique called plastination to reveal inner anatomical structures. The exhibition's developer and promoter is a German anatomist named Gunther von Hagens, who invented the plastination technique in the late 1970s. The exhibition, first presented in Tokyo in 1995, has been shown in many cities in Europe and Asia. A second exhibition, along similar lines but with different exhibits, called Body Worlds 2 opened in 2005. A third exhibition, Body Worlds 3, opened on February 25, 2006, at The Houston Museum of Natural Science. More than 20 million people have seen one of the Body Worlds exhibits, which together have taken in $200 million.[1]

    The exhibit states that its purpose and mission is the education of laymen about the human body, leading to better health awareness. All of the human plastinates are willing donors.[2] The original Body Worlds exhibit consisted of about 25 full body plastinates with expanded or selective organs shown in positions that enhanced the role of certain systems. Cased in glass amid the upright bodies are more than 200 specimens showing an array of real human bodies, organs, and organ systems, some having various medical conditions. For example, there are bodies with prosthetics such as artificial hip joints or heart valves; a liver with cirrhosis; and the lungs of a smoker and non-smoker placed side by side.

    A curtained-off prenatal wing features a pregnant woman who died eight months into pregnancy; her unborn fetus died shortly thereafter. She is shown reclining and a large flap exposes her insides, with the nearly fully formed baby pushing aside her internal organs fully visible. This section also usually contains unborn fetuses and embryos, some with congenital disorders.

    The last exhibit hall features a rearing horse and rider. All exhibits are accompanied with detailed descriptions, and audio guides are available with the option of beginner or advanced, for laymen or medical professionals respectively.
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    Re: "Body Worlds"

    I certainly couldnt "stomach" this! Disgusting
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    Re: "Body Worlds"

    Based on what I've seen on the internet, most people seem to think it's ok. There is something about it I just don't like - DISPLAYING THE DEAD for entertain... err "education" purposes.
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    Re: "Body Worlds"

    This was in Toronto a couple of years ago. I believe all of the people offered their remains for scientific study.

    I don't have a problem with it. The human body is fascinating. And, for those who are interested in gaining a deeper insight into human physiology, this would be an excellent way to get a closer look at how we are wired. However, to simply go to an exhibit of this nature to fulfill some morbid curiosity about dead people it something completely different.

    I think the concept is great, and it will offer people a chance to gain closer insight of positive benefits of living a healthy cardiovascular lifestyle, as well as the detrimental effects of obesity and such.

    The intent of exhibit is only 50% of the big picture - the other 50% lies in the minds of those who desire to look at it - and why.

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    Re: "Body Worlds"

    From the wikipedia article:
    a man on horseback holding his brain in one hand, the horse's brain in the other; and a man kneeling in prayer, holding his heart in his hands.

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    Von Hagens has been repeatedly accused of using bodies from deceased persons who did not give consent, such as prison inmates and hospital patients from Kyrgyzstan and executed prisoners from China (this latter led to a lawsuit against Der Spiegel, which von Hagens won). He maintains that all bodies exhibited in Body Worlds came from donors who gave informed consent. A commission set up by the California Science Center in Los Angeles in 2004 confirmed Von Hagens' claims. However, Von Hagens does not make the same claim for all bodies prepared by his plastination institute, only the ones exhibited in Body Worlds. There is also the issue that the children and unborn fetuses included in the exhibition had no way of giving informed consent to the display of their bodies; in the case of children informed consent would have to have been obtained from their parents.

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    Von Hagens maintains strict copyright control over pictures of his exhibits. Visitors are not allowed to take pictures, and press photographers are required to sign agreements permitting only a single publication in a strictly defined context, followed by a return of the copyright to von Hagens. Because of this, a German press organization has suggested that the press refrain from reporting about the exhibition altogether

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    In 2003, officials of Munich tried to prohibit the exhibition there, arguing that it violated laws regulating burials and did not respect human dignity. Von Hagens appealed and managed to obtain a temporary injunction allowing the exhibition to take place, but was required to cover the artistic exhibits mentioned above.

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    The exhibition in Hamburg in 2003 took place in the rooms of an erotic art museum on the Reeperbahn, the city's red light district. Prostitutes and cab drivers were admitted for free. Von Hagens added a new exhibit, "Early Bird", a man with an erection.[15] Initial objections of a local official to the artistic exhibits were overruled by officials of the Hamburg Senate.

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    Annoyed with the repeated legal harassment which he encountered in Germany, Von Hagens announced in the summer of 2004 that the exhibition would leave Germany for good. The exhibit has been travelling in the United States and Canada since then.

    Various religious groups, including the Catholic Church[5] and some Jewish Rabbis[6] have objected to the display, stating that it cheapens human life, is inconsistent with reverence towards the human body, and is more artistic and exploitative than educational.

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    In an ethical analysis, Thomas Hibbs, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University, compares cadaver displays to pornography in that they reduce the subject to “the manipulation of body parts stripped of any larger human significance.”

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    There have also been concerns regarding the educational aspect of these exhibits, especially regarding the inclusion of these displays for school field trips. In North Carolina the Superintendent of Public Instruction stated that she 'would not recommend this material for school field trips.

    The Swimmer
    This is one of the few women featured in the exhibition. Her body is split in half laterally and the two halves are displayed swimming away from each other.

    The Skin Man
    A man, standing is holding out his body's skin, for he is but muscle and bones.

    The Archer
    This plastinate is another of the women featured in the exhibition. The archer is posed in a crouch after releasing the bow string. Her brain is situated above her skull for easy viewing.

    Winged Man
    The muscles of Winged Man are splayed outwards, giving a rough wing-like appearance. Winged Man also wears a Panama hat, and is standing on a continuously rotating platform.

    The pregnant woman
    One of the more controversial exhibits is a woman who is 8-months pregnant, lying on her side with her arm propping her upper body up (reclining). The bottom of her torso is cut away to reveal a curled fetus inside. A nearby sign states that this woman decided to donate her body and the fetus when she was informed that she had a terminal disease.

    Blood vessel family
    This exhibit includes a man, a woman, and a child on top of the man's shoulders. These bodies were prepared by injecting a red dye and plastinating agent into their blood vessels, then using chemicals and ultrasound to dissolve away their flesh and bones. As a result, only the circulatory system is left behind.

    The Smoker
    This displays a man holding a cigarette and has one lung exposed to show the damaging effects that smoking has on the body. Some people have even left their cigarettes at the display, possibly indicating they have chosen to quit smoking.[7]

    The Skateboarder
    Displays a teen performing a skateboarding move on a ramp. His muscles are visible and nothing seems to have been cut.

    The Basketball Player
    Displays a man dribbling a basketball and posed as if running down the court, with his skull opened to expose the brain. Pictures of him appear frequently in the official artwork and publicity materials for Body Worlds.

    The Muscleman and His Skeleton
    Displays a man's musculature and skeleton side by side in the same pose.
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    Re: "Body Worlds"

    Since we are talking about bizarre and potentially offensive things related to the body, I absolutely could not believe what is on the Fox News page today:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301736,00.html
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    The world has gone mad! We're the only sane people in the asylum!
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    Re: "Body Worlds"

    It was mad before we got here...

    Some of that stuff is twisted.

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    Re: "Body Worlds"

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert R. Higby View Post
    Since we are talking about bizarre and potentially offensive things related to the body, I absolutely could not believe what is on the Fox News page today:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301736,00.html
    It's dehumanizing behavior- plain and simple.

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