Friday, May 05, 2006

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Body Works arrives in Minnesota...I have secured a ticket for later this month and am eager to attend!

[Disclaimer: You may find the pictures available through those links shocking or disturbing--please don't feel compelled to look, but I hope you do browse! These exhibits are not without inherent controversy, although the official program publicly maintains that all bodies have been ethically obtained. I don't think I see anything in those promotional materials of previous exhibits that I would term vulgar or disrespectful to the real persons who lived in those bodies, and hope to find the actual exhibit consistent with that theme. I hope it is a way for all of us to better appreciate and understand the marvel of the body.]

5 comments:

The Tiger said...

I was eating an afternoon snack...

Viatrix said...

Erm, sorry about that!

But...it's still pretty amazing, no?

The Tiger said...

Surprised that they're in good enough shape, actually...

Anonymous said...

I saw the exhibit in Philly and it is very interesting. It is certainly a useful teaching tool as the bodies are wonderfully dissected (you can differentiate individual nerves, blood vessels, etc). However some of the bodies are a bit disturbing since they are placed in human-like poses and often given clothing to mimic live humans.

Nevertheless I think you will learn a lot!

Viatrix said...

Anon-

Thanks! I definitely think it will be a fascinating learning experience. When working on the molecular, or on a model organism, one can sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture... What was it that motivated you to attend the Philly exhibit?