During the month of April and to enhance their learning within the anatomy and physiology module of the BPP University adult nursing degree course, 37 nurse degree apprentices from University Hospital Southampton, Royal Hampshire County Hospital and North Hampshire Hospital attended the Body Worlds Exhibition at Piccadilly Circus, London. This incredibly interesting exhibition showcases a collection of preserved deceased persons, known as plastinates, who have donated their bodies for the education of health care professionals and the interest of lay persons.
Invented by Dr Gunther von Hagens in 1977 at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, plastination is a process that strips away layers of the human body, stops the decomposition of the body and produces solid, odourless and durable anatomical specimens.
The exhibition is set out by system; very handy considering the way the course is structured and an audio commentary is provided to aid in understanding what is being viewed. There are also some interactive exhibits where you can check your own blood measure, practice CPR and spend time in a calming zone.
The exhibition is fascinating, and we spent many hours absorbing the detail within the displays there and found it very helpful seeing how all the different organs are positioned and work within the human body
Photography within the exhibition is prohibited so the images of plastinates shown have been obtained from the press team at the Body Worlds exhibition.