BODY WORLDS 2 & The Brain – Our Three Pound Gem
Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 2 & The Brain – Our Three Pound Gem was on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science from Sept. 12, 2008 through Feb. 22, 2009.
Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 2 & The Brain – Our Three Pound Gem: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies featured more than 200 real human body specimens, including more than 20 whole bodies; healthy and unhealthy organs; and body parts and slices; all preserved through a remarkable process called Plastination. Subtitled “The Three Pound Gem,” the show featured findings in neuroscience on brain development and function; brain disease and disorders; and brain performance and improvement.
Invented by physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, Plastination is a method for extracting bodily fluids and soluble fat from specimens, and replacing them, through vacuum forced impregnation, with reactive resins and polymers. As a result of this process, visitors to BODY WORLDS actually saw inside the human body, learned how it works and how it can be affected by disease and lifestyle choices.