Museum of Science and Industry
Through Sept. 5
Body Worlds!, currently on exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, has been seen by 600,000 people at this Chicago venue and 17,000,000 worldwide. This is “show and tell” on a profound level: a viewing experience previously reserved for medical students and surgeons made accessible to the public. The show covers many aspects of health education in a direct, visceral manner: Individual specimens of healthy and diseased organs are nicely arrayed in plastic cases that just may give you that extra motivational push to quit smoking or change your diet. The plastination anatomical preservation technique that makes Body Worlds! possible was invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, who is currently designing the first anatomy curriculum in the U.S. to utilize plastinated specimens in lieu of dissection. For information, see www.bodyworlds.com.