Always looking to expand our minds! We visited the Body Worlds Exhibition in London. An absolutely fascinating journey around our bodies.
The exhibition consists of more than 200 anatomical specimens of real human bodies, which are preserved by Dr Gunther von Hagens ‘plastination technique’. ‘Plastinating’ is a technique where body fluids are replaced by a sort of silicone rubber. The bodies are dry, odourless and will last longer than Egyptian mummies! The skin has been removed from the ‘plastinates’, so all bones, muscles, nerves, veins and organs are revealed and visible.
All the bodies that are used in the exhibition are donated by people who in life decided to donate their body to BODY WORLDS for educational purposes. Long after they have passed away, their bodies will teach you everything there is to know about the human anatomy. The ‘Plastinates’ are standing in a large variety of active positions. This is to show you which muscles and body parts you use when you for instance jump or dance or play tennis.
You can see the influence the choices you make have on your body. How smoking effects your lungs for instance, or how an artificial knee or hip fits in your body. Besides anatomy, the exhibition teaches you about the lifestyle choices that you make and the effects on your body.