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Why does Gunther von Hagens wear a hat?

Many associate Gunther von Hagens with his black hat, but his hat is not intended to be a hallmark, it symbolizes his understanding and appreciation for democracy and individualism. He believes that the strength of Western democracy lies within the promotion of individualism, based on the motto, “live and let live.”

Does Gunther von Hagens use real bodies?

Over the next two years, von Hagens developed his first Body Worlds exhibition, showing whole bodies plastinated in lifelike poses and dissected to show various structures and systems of human anatomy, which has since met with public interest and controversy in more than 50 cities around the world.

How much is a plastinated cadaver?

How Much Does Plastination Cost? NBC News reports that plastinating a whole body costs “between $40,000 and $60,000”, which isn’t cheap.

Who invented Body Worlds?

Dr Gunther von Hagens
Dr Gunther von Hagens – the man who invented plastination in the late 1970s – is ill with Parkinson’s disease and has declared his wish to become a permanent part of the Body Worlds exhibition, a vast 2,600 square metres of skulls, organs and cadavers, which opens to the public in London this week.

Who started Body Worlds?

Dr. Gunther von Hagens
The unique body donation program was founded in 1982 by Dr. Gunther von Hagens and has registered more than 19,000 donors worldwide. Since 1993, the program has been managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.

Where does BODY WORLDS get their bodies?

Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the inventor of plastination and the impresario behind the Body Worlds exhibitions, says that every whole body exhibited in North America comes from fully informed European and American donors, who gave permission, in writing, for their bodies to be displayed.

What is plastination to a body?

Plastination is an innovative method of conserving anatomical specimens, where all bodily fluids are exchanged with a polymer, which can be hardened. Plastination was invented by Dr Gunther von Hagens in 1977 and he and his team have further developed the process since then.