Few of us know exactly what goes on inside our own bodies. Perhaps if we did, we would feel more interested in finding a healthier lifestyle.
Dr Gunther von Hagens is a German anatomist who developed a process called “plastination”, which allows people to see inside the human body in genuine detail. He invented plastination in 1975, after looking at a collection of specimens embedded in transparent plastic blocks.
Dr von Hagens thought it would be better and more educational to put the plastic inside the cells, rather than around them. This would preserve the specimens just as well, but it would also allow people to handle them and examine them.
He worked with body parts and complete bodies donated by over 17,000 people around the world. The results are assembled in the amazing “Body Worlds Vital” exhibition, which has toured the world since it was first put on display in Japan in 1995.
Over 46 million people have seen it, and now it is in Melbourne for a limited time. Body Worlds Vital opened at Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale on 13 August, and will run until 18 November 2018.
The plastinates in the exhibition take you on a journey through the human body, showing individual organs that give a complete picture of how the body works. They demonstrate how best to fight life-threatening diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart ailments, through healthy choices and lifestyle changes.
A photo display showcases longevity and healthy ageing, and compares healthy organs to diseased organs. The exhibition's interactive Anatomical Mirror shows how organs are positioned in your own body.
Tickets for the exhibition cost $30 for adults and $15 for children aged 5-15, who must be accompanied by an adult. Family passes and student and senior concessions are also available.