Plastination is a process used to preserve bodies or body parts by replacing all the water and fat tissue with curable polymers. The technique was first developed in 1977 by Gunther von Hagens. Hagens went on to create Body Worlds, the original exhibit of plastinated, cross-sectioned human bodies, with the goal of educating the public about the human body and its functions. A steady hand and patience, along with a meticulous attention to detail, are at the foundation of how Body Worlds exhibits are made.
In a Body Worlds exhibit, on display are full-sized plastinated bodies, various organs, and various cross-sections of human bodies. Many of the bodies are skinned, though the skinning happens after the individual has died. As creepy and morbid as they appear, there is no denying the positive impact these bodies – in all their plastinated glory – have had on the medical field. Read full article here.