Body Worlds: Life Lessons

BodyWorldsChills and suggestion. These are the feelings that we had during the visit to the exhibition Body Worlds - the real world of the human body, which was held in Milan from 3 October 2012 to the 18 February 2013. We expected to remain highly impressed from the gruesome bodies dissected, open, broken down and stripped of their organs, but contrary to any injury, we enjoyed the message of this exhibition, created by Gunther von Hagens.

Thanks to the technique ofplastination”, invented and patented by the German scientist Von Hagens, Body Worlds allows visitors (including children) a unique and fascinating interior of the human body. The process of plastination allows to perfectly preserve tissues and organs replacing bodily fluids silicone polymers. In this way, the visitor experience is a direct, not mediated by the presence of filters, as mugs and formalin in which the samples were immersed in the past anatomical.

The "heart" of the exhibition

The exhibition celebrates the wonder of the human body paying particular attention to the heart, considered the "engine" of the life, first organ to form after conception (which is dedicated to a part of the exhibition). Through the comparison between healthy organs and organs affected by diseases, showing peculiarities and details of the anatomy, Body Worlds disclose and educates on health issues, wellness, of proper nutrition, allowing people to understand exactly what happens when the body gets sick and wrong as a way of life, may compromise the health of each of us. We would like to dwell on the message that this exhibition he wanted to give his audience, beyond the clamor for the presence of human bodies plastinated. For each installation, treated in detail for the topic addressed, we were able to acquire knowledge of the anatomy, understanding how the human body behaves in playful situations like a game of poker, during a gym session or a tender moment, or even a man on a rearing horse. All enriched by the presence of movies and explanatory posters, with data and even a little '"romance", poetry and famous sayings of men of culture.

Arterie cuoreDi mal d’amore si muoreThat ... that struck us about the heart, its behavior during different situations to which we subject every day, efforts (physical activity), jewels (falling in love) and pains (physical suffering and love). In particular we appreciated, in addition to the purely scientific that started Gunther von Hagens, the ease with which you took explain the concepts seemingly trivial, but not quite so obvious. Falling in love, but especially the death broken heart, of which there are some scientific evidence, proving that you can die from lovesickness. The heartbreak is about 2% of patients hospitalized for heart failure. The symptoms are the same, as a sharp pain in the chest, but on closer inspection looks like a disease with its particular characteristics, that requires specific treatment. Unlike the infarct, there are no obstructions that prevent proper blood circulation, but a deformed left ventricle that does take to heart the appearance of a narrow-necked jar: just what the Japanese, discoverers of the disease, used for catching octopus, and they call Tako-tsubo. Hence the name of the doctor sindrome di Tako-tsubo. Curious fact is that for the 90% of the cases are women suffer, perhaps because women are more sensitive to stress and live with greater apprehension of men, but this is a theory yet to be demonstrated. Meanwhile, ask those who suffer for love…

Our conclusions…

We have not been faced with science, or at least not only to that, but the human being, all’anima, the body that lives and shows in its many forms. It is macabre to go see a show of this type, è cultura, information, awareness is. You know. It all depends, as in life in general, from that point of view we look at what we are observing and experiencing, conveying the heart and brain in a certain direction; if we do not have prejudices or preconceptions, we can say that you understand the meaning and the message of what we are seeing and experiencing.

These bodies, offered to science by anonymous donors, talk and communicate something of himself, but they show to what are, simply human beings.