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körperwelten

May 29th, 2002

I went to an amazing exibit today, called Körperwelten, or Body Worlds in English. The basis is the anatomical display of the human body (and a few other animals) using a new type of preservation technique called Plastination where the bodies are forcefully impregnated with various types of polymers to preserve the flesh and bone in a such a state that they appear to still be living. This allows the layers to be literally pealed back and cut away showing the structure in a way not possible before. The overall effect is amazing — it must be seen to be fully appreciated, words just don’t work.

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