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What is plastination?

10. 8. 2018

Plastination is a unique process invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977 to preserve specimens for medical education. The process replaces bodily fluids and fat in specimens with fluidplastics that harden after so-called vacuum-forced impregnation (see in this guide for an explanation of this method). After the bodies are shaped into life like poses, they are hardened withgas, heat, or light. The plastinates show how our bodies move in everyday life, as well as during athletic activities. For more information about Plastination, go to www.bodyworlds.com.

The poses of the plastinates have been carefully thought out and serve educational aims. Each plastinate is posed to show different anatomical features. For instance, the athletic poses illustrate the use of muscle systems while playing sports. The poses are chosen to highlight specific anatomical features and allow the visitor to compare the plastinate to his or her ownbody.