BODIES REVEALED FAQ

What health issues are highlighted in BODIES REVEALED?

BODIES REVEALED allows people to learn about their own bodies and, ultimately, teaches them how to take better care of their health and make positive lifestyle choices. The exhibition enables them to see and understand the medical conditions friends and family members face in a whole new way – by highlighting pressing health concerns, including obesity, breast cancer, colon cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, ectopic pregnancy, arthritis, osteoporosis, and bone fractures. The exhibition also highlights damage done to organs due to the perils of smoking and dietary excesses.

Why use real human specimens instead of constructed models?

As Roy Glover, M.D., Chief Medical Director for BODIES REVEALED states, “Seeing promotes understanding, and understanding promotes the most practical kind of body education possible. The body doesn’t lie!” Unlike models that idealize the body through the eyes of an artist, the specimens in this exhibition will show the body and its parts as they really exist. Idealized models have been used for many years to teach about the body. They do not, however, allow for any variation in structure or pathologies – which is key in noting how unique our bodies are. As medical students and individuals have less time for the study of anatomy, it is even more important to have these unique specimens to give them both a greater understanding of anatomy and some sense of the variation of the human organism.

What part of the anatomy is the hardest to preserve?

The brain is the most difficult organ to preserve due to the makeup of the brain, which is primarily composed of lipids (fat) and water. During the process of polymer preservation, the brain can shrink significantly during dehydration if one is not careful. To manage this problem, the brain is dehydrated in a cold acetone thus better maintaining its original size and shape.

What do the polymer preserved bodies feel like?

The specimens feel dry to the touch and can be either rigid or flexible, depending on the mix of chemicals used. While guests will be able to get very close to the specimens, as a rule, guests are not allowed to touch them.

How long does it take to dissect and permanently preserve each specimen?

The timing varies. A small organ can take one week to prepare while it can take up to one year to prepare a whole body.

How long do the bodies last after polymer preservation?

The earliest specimens made in the late 1970s are still being used in medical schools around the world. They last indefinitely, just as if they were made entirely of the most indestructible material. When Premier Exhibitions ends BODIES REVEALED, all specimens will be returned for cremation.

Will we know who the body specimens are? How did they die?

Our suppliers have confirmed to us that all of the bodies and organ specimens in BODIES REVEALED came from individuals who chose to donate their bodies to medical science for the purpose of study and education. All individuals died from natural causes. In addition our full time anatomist and biological anthropologist have examined the specimens and have never found any evidence of trauma associated with physical abuse. In a number of cases throughout the exhibition, our medical director has been able to identify the obvious medical problems that the specimen suffered from, and, where appropriate, it is so indicated. For example, a lung is displayed and the disease is identified as emphysema, so those who see it can gain a clearer understanding of this disease.

Where do the specimens come from?

Suppliers have confirmed that all of the bodies and organ specimens in BODIES REVEALED came from individuals who chose to donate their bodies to accredited medical universities in the People’s Republic of China. All specimens were then received by plastination facilities in China. Asia possesses the largest and most highly competent group of dissectors in the world, and they are highly skilled in preparing the bodies for educational and scientific purposes.

What is the appropriate age level for viewing BODIES REVEALED?

The teaching of basic human anatomy and physiology are hallmarks in any child’s education. We recommend that children attend the exhibition with a teacher or parent as an adult guide. We feel strongly that the exhibition can offer a rare family experience: A golden opportunity to open a child’s eyes – and, in a way no textbook ever could, to teach them about the complexities of the human body and the necessity of proper nutrition, regular activity and the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, such as avoiding smoking and alcohol. The exhibition will have a special children’s audio tour available, as well as four age-specific teacher’s guides from elementary to post-graduate levels.

Who organized and designed BODIES REVEALED?

BODIES REVEALED is organized by Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions Inc. Premier Exhibitions, Inc. is the leading provider of museum quality Exhibitions around the world including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and serves as the Salvor-in-Possession for the RMS Titanic. Premier Exhibition’s is the leading promoter of human anatomy exhibitions including Bodies…The Exhibition and BODIES REVEALED. The exhibitions have been enthusiastically highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Today Show and other well-known and prominent programming.

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