Next week, Thursday, September 30th, I invite you to join me at Science World for the BODY WORLDS Exhibition. I will be arriving at 11:30 am.
If you haven’t seen this exhibition , it is truly a remarkable presentation. This year the emphases is on the brain, however there is much more to see than this. BODY WORLDS & The Brain aims to educate the public about the inner workings of the human body and show the effects of poor health, good health and lifestyle choices. It is also presented in the hopes that it will stimulate curiosity about the science of anatomy. BODY WORLDS & The Brain will inspire visitors to learn more about the life sciences and to choose healthier lifestyles. Knowledge about what the human body looks like and how it functions is basic life science information that should be available to everyone.
One of the special features of museums and science centres is that they offer people a chance to see the real thing in a safe and informative environment. Visitors are drawn to real specimens in a way that they are not to plastic models. Real human bodies show details of disease and anatomy that cannot be shown with models. They also allow us to understand how each body has its own unique features, even on the inside.
Invented by scientist and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, Plastination is the groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving anatomical specimens for scientific and medical education. Plastination is the process of extracting all bodily fluids and soluble fat from specimens, replacing them through vacuum forced impregnation with reactive resins and elastomers, and then curing them with light, heat, or certain gases, which give the specimens rigidity and permanence.
The last time the show visited Vancouver I accompanied several patients to the exhibit. Some people explained that they didn’t really know what they were looking at. Do you know your obturator from your piriformis? By going with patients to show, it gave me a chance to explain and show on models particular problems they might have been having at the time. With the chance to see real anatomy, it becomes easier to visualize what exactly I am treating and why, for both myself and the patient. I am a very visual person, so this display works perfectly for me in the learning environment.
Please join me next week. Be sure to send me an email so as I know who to look out for. We will meet just outside at 11:30 am. I look forward to seeing you there.
Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist