You're invited to join the first-year class
of Penn medical students, along with their Anatomy course
Instructors and Teaching Assistants for an organized field
trip to tour the popular Body Worlds exhibit at The
Franklin Institute Science Museum.
||Neal Rubinstein, MD, PhD, Anatomy Course
Director & Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental
John Weisel, PhD, Professor, Department
of Cell and Developmental Biology
||Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 5:30-7 p.m.
||4:45 p.m. - First bus departs from Penn at the entrance to
the Clinical Research Building on the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine campus, 415 Curie Blvd.
5:30 p.m. - Students
and faculty tour the exhibit at the Franklin Institute Science
Museum, 222 North 20th Street
Approximately 7:45 p.m. - First bus returns to Penn
||Medical students will benefit from seeing the amazing dissections,
which the plastination process in this exhibit makes more accessible
than the usual anatomical specimens. The first-year medical
students are now studying human anatomy and this exhibit will
be a supplement to their study.
Dr. Gunther von Hagens' Body
Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies,
which runs through April 2006 at the Franklin Institute, lets
guests see inside the human body to learn about anatomy, physiology,
and health. Guests view real human bodies that have been dissected
in different ways to illustrate organ systems and three-dimensional
relationships and then preserved through the process of plastination.
Invented by Dr. Hagens in 1977, plastination replaces the
natural fluids in the specimen with liquid reactive plastics
that are hardened and cured with gas, light, or heat depending
on the polymer used. Before hardening, the specimens, or plastinates,
are fixed into life-like poses, illustrating how our bodies
internally respond to everyday movements and activities. This
also preserves the specimens in their true-to-life form, without
the use of glass barriers and formaldehyde. In this exhibit,
more than 200 specimens and 25 whole body plastinates display
healthy versus diseased organs, the body's complex anatomy
and numerous systems, and chronicle the development of life
in the womb. This trip will be a unique opportunity to experience
anatomists, who are intimately familiar with the structure
of the human body, and medical students, who are intensely
studying this subject, interacting with these plastinated
Editor's Notes: To arrange your participation
on this organized tour, you must RSVP in advance with Karen Kreeger
at (215) 349-5658 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drs. Rubinstein and Weisel, as well as several medical students,
are available for interviews before, during, and after the field
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