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THE GREAT ANATOMICAL REVEAL

WELCOME TO URBANICITY
SENSING URBANITY
LISTENING FOR WORDS
VIEWING IMAGES OF MYSTERY
LOVING MUSIC
READING FOR LIVING
CELEBRATING THE MIND
TRAVELING TO EXPLORE
SEARCHING THE FUTURE
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

"The older I get, the more I realize that death is normal and that it is life that is exceptional. I hope plastination exhibits will encourage people to strive to live with inspiration every day throughout their lives." - Dr. Gunther von Hagens

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Gunther is a man with a mission. As a young anatomy assistant with advanced knowledge of physical chemistry he began experiments on body preservation with acetone, plexiglass, and vacuum extraction. His early efforts brought poor results, but he kept adapting and adjusting his methods until, in January 1977, he succeeded with the first sample of plastination. Thrilled, he decided to make it his life’s work.

His revolutionary invention makes it possible to create completely new types of specimens. When the polymers harden, muscles that would ordinarily be slack can provide support, allowing the bodies to be displayed in a variety of unusual poses. He can even stretch dissected body parts in all directions– creating gaps that allow heretofore unseen instructional glimpses of anatomy.

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In 1993 he founded the Institute for Plastination because there was inadequate space for his work at the University of Heidelberg. There is great complexity involved in preparing specimens. Completing a technically correct, whole-body plastinate requires about 1500 hours per worker.

Gunther’s aim with the IFP is to produce human specimens for the enlightenment of medicine students as well as for educational opportunities for the general public. They are prepared soley for recognized research establishments and scientific museums.

 

at right: Gunther with horse and rider.

Remain curious.