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Anatomy Art: Fascination beneath the Surface

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:698
  1. Carl Gray, consultant histopathologist (
  1. Harrogate District Hospital

    Professor Gunther von Hagens' Körperwelten: Die Faszination des Echten

    Caves de Cureghem, Brussels, 22 September 2001 until 24 February 2002

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    This exhibition comes to Belgium having already been shown in seven centres in four countries. With more than six million visitors over five years, it is the most successful exhibition ever. I saw it in Berlin, where it was extended to a further week with 24 hour opening and queues of up to six hours to see more than 200 real but plastinated human anatomical specimens.

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    Producer Gunther von Hagens is the inventor of the plastination process in which human tissues are impregnated with plastics and silicone rubber to become permanent, colourful, and odourless. His exhibition shows organs, body parts, and whole human bodies amid tasteful green foliage. The dissections are virtuoso pieces with many exploded multiplane views and openings …

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