This term the AS and A2 physical education classes ventured down to the Hilton on the Viaduct to attend the BodyWORLDS vital exhibition.
The technique of preservation used to preserve real people was developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagen, to give his medical student an up-close look at real human bodies and organs that they would later operate on.
The long process in creating the models is known as plastination. First, they dissect and embalm the body of the donor. Soluble body fats are melted off with an acetone wash. Then they inject plastic into the organs, from the heart to singular blood vessels, allowing the parts to look almost like plastic replicas. Lastly, the bodies are hardened (usually with heat) and are displayed in the exhibit. This process can take around one year to complete.
The exhibition is a fantastic way to observe the effects of smoking, unhealthy eating and exercise on real human bodies. My personal favourite exhibition was the skeleton of a person who had been given a hip replacement. They had shoved a metal ball into the hip socket, splintering and cracking it: fascinating!
Lachlan Broadhurst Year 13