The body works exhibition is the work of Gunther von Hagens - The exhibition consists of actual bodies of humans and animals

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"A quite extraordinary experience, slightly unnerving, but I do feel an enormous respect now for our bodies and the way they function.
Thank you!"
"I am now able to understand my body in a much better way! Congratulations on such a sensational exhibition and a very enlightening tour. I hope that this exhibition will gain more acceptance."

These are two opinions about the Body Worlds exhibition, which is currently in London.

The body works exhibition is the work of Gunther von Hagens. The exhibition consists of actual bodies of humans and animals, which have been plastinated to preserve them forever. The exhibition is classed as the Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, it provides a completely unique way to see healthy and diseased bodies. You can see individual organs, and have the opportunity to learn about their functions and what types of diseases affect them. You can also see structures, which affect the entire body such as the central nervous system, or the muscle system, a few specimens are cross sections of bodies so that you can better see their structures.

The aim of the Body Worlds exhibition is to allow visitors to better understand their bodies and its functions. The visitors range from the typical laymen, to doctors, pathologists and scientists alike.

Gunther von Hagens, the inventor of plastination, began his medical studies at the University of Jena in 1965. He was arrested after he had distributed leaflets protesting against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops and soon thereafter had tried to flee from East Germany. Finally, in 1970, only after the West German government had bought his freedom as well as that of other political prisoners was he able to continue his studies at the University of Lübeck, which he completed there in 1973. In 1974, he received his license to practice medicine before moving to the University of Heidelberg, where he completed his doctorate in the Department of Anaesthetics and Emergency Medicine in 1975. He subsequently worked at the Institutes of Anatomy and Pathology. It was in Heidelberg in 1977 where he invented the basic technologies for forced infusion of anatomical specimens with reactive plastics especially developed for this purpose. It was also in Heidelberg where he founded BIODUR™ in 1980 to market the respective polymers and equipment; finally, he founded the Institute for Plastination in 1993.
Since 1996 he has been a visiting professor at the School of Medicine in Dalian in China and Director of the Plastination Centre at the State Medical Academy in Bishkek/Kirgizstan where he was awarded the title of an honorary professor. (Passage about Gunther von Hagens from

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The Plastination Process.

The specimen is impregnated with a reactive polymer whilst the specimen is in a vacuum. The type of polymer used determines how flexible and transparent the specimen will be. Specimens, which have undergone this process, are dry and odourless, they feel the same and are identical to how they looked before they under went the process, and microscopic analysis of the specimen is still possible.

The plastination process replaces bodily fluids and fat with reactive polymers such as silicone, rubber, epoxy resins and polyester. First, solvent gradually replaces bodily fluids. The specimen is then placed into ...

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