Digestion for Beginners


Plastination is a technique used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts. The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample.

Plastinated man

Concern over consent of bodies being used in the plastination process has arisen. Over 20 years ago, von Hagens set up a body donation program in Germany and has signed over 9,000 donors into the plastinate program: 531 have already died. Although von Hagens says he follows strict consent procedures for whole-body specimens, he maintains that “consent is not important for body parts.” Von Hagens’ body donations are now being managed by the Institute for Plastination established in 1993.

Gunther von Hagens with plastinated horse and rider

Hardening and posturing plastinates

Pro – Con – Neutral

  1. Why would people be in favor of this?
  2. Why would people be against it?
  3. What would be a neutral position?
  4. Describe the sort of person do you think von Hagens is?

Watch the videos of Anatomy for Beginners

Did the videos change your view on von Hagen?


One response to “Digestion for Beginners

  1. Russell!!! Looks like Anne isn’t feeding you enough!!

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