Invitation to Cover:
Join University of Pennsylvania Medical Students On A Field Trip to
Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS The Anatomical Exhibition
of Real Human Bodies
at The Franklin Institute Science Museum
The Amazing Preservation Process, Called Plastination,
Offers a Unique Learning Experience for Future Doctors
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 Biology
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 specimens.
Editor's Notes: To arrange your participation on this
organized tour, you must RSVP in advance with Karen Kreeger at (215) 349-5658
Drs. Rubinstein and Weisel, as well as several medical students, are available
for interviews before, during, and after the field trip.
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