Bodies, the Exhibition
This month, discover more about human bodies through the « Bodies Exhibition »: in tour this September 2018 in Belgium: in Gent on 9th September, and in Arlon on 15th and 16th.
What is this exhibition?
This temporary exhibition shows a rare view into the human body, using an innovative preservation process. With more than 200 real human specimens meticulously dissected and respectfully displayed, the exhibit offers a great educational standpoint for human anatomy and biology.
Last year’s edition was such a success that curators completed the collection with more medical themes: they particularly present different types of cancer/tumors, as well as its causes and consequences on other tissues.
Just like the exhibition “Bodyworlds” (which toured in Europe a few years ago), the remains are preserved according to Gunther von Hagens’ technique: plastination.
They are humans, is it respectful?
If it’s your first time facing dead bodies, you may feel uncomfortable discovering an exhibit mainly composed of dissected and plastinated cadavers. Remember that these people gave their consent to give their body to science, so others can learn about their own. Plus, their dignity is not altered: they are exposed the same way than in a dissection room in med’ school and treated with respect. In fact, when someone gave his/her body to science (consent), we take care of observing them with respect and ethics, especially when we study human anatomy or when preparing the remains for an exhibition.
Why physical anthropologists care?
For physical anthropologists, observing a human skeleton is a second nature but soft tissues and their impact on the bones are also important: a thorough course is necessary to understand how to analyse hard tissues. The knowledge we gain by studying on real bodies is definitely greater than it would be with just books and pictures.
Why should you visit such an exhibition at least once in your life?
Bodies’ very first aim is to transmit anatomical science to curious visitors. The wide range of bodies, skeletons, organs, members is completed with simulation models of body functions, experimentation models and 3D prints. The learning purposes are reached thanks to the preservation technique called “plastination”, providing a solid contribution to the education of medical workers… as well as anyone who is interested a tiny bit in her/his body, how her/his organs and systems work, etc.
Plus, it is a good excuse to talk about organ donation, cancer, AIDS and the impact of alcohol, tobacco and bad eating habits on us.
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