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Body World 3

Real Humans, Real Science, Real Amazing

BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Rodies, created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s 30-year career in anatomy. Visitors to the exhibition learn about anatomy, physiology and most importantly the influence of lifestyle choices, like diet and exercise, on personal health by viewing real human bodies permanently preserved through an innovative method called Plastination.

“BODY WORLDS 3 is a compelling, memorable experience that will give all who view it a new perspective on the inner workings of the human body and the importance of healthy lifestyle choices,” said Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center. “The exhibition features more than 200 real human specimens, and it gives visitors access to a deeper understanding of disease and pathology formerly only available to surgeons. Through examples such as arthritis in the aging process, the effects of tobacco consumption and the complexity of the nervous system, the exhibition has given me an incredible respect for what it means to be human.”

BODY WORLDS 3 also features five new plastinates that have never before been seen in the United States. The On Point Dancer, the Juxtaposed Couple, the Female Orthopedic Body, the Limber Gymnast with Organs and the Walker all make their U.S. debut at the Arizona Science Center.

The Plastination process was invented by Dr. von Hagens at the University of Heidelberg in 1977. The process replaces the natural fluids in the body, through vacuum-forced impregnation, with reactive fluid plastics that harden after curing with light, heat and certain gasses. Plastination provides the flexibility and strength needed to display and permanently preserve specimens in realistic forms, without the use of glass barriers and formaldehyde. Dr. von Hagens founded the Institute for Plastination in 1993, in order to offer plastinated specimens for educational use and for the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. All anatomical specimens on display in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions are authentic. The bodies on display stem from the Institute’s body donation program for Plastination. The donor roster includes more than 7000 donors, including over 400 Americans, that have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.

“BODY WORLDS allows people from all backgrounds to better understand the body and how it functions,” said Dr. von Hagens. “As event anatomy, BODY WORLDS juxtaposes healthy and diseased organs and features whole body specimens in dynamic lifelike poses. Plastinated anatomy is beauty beneath the skin, frozen in time between death and decay. It opens the heart to our inner self and makes us fall in love with our own body.”

BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration, a joint quest towards enlightenment between donor, anatomist and visitor. Over 20 million visitors in more than 35 cities across Asia, Europe, and North America have engaged in the pact since its debut in Japan in 1996.

Visit their website at www.azscience.org.

 

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