"Doctor Gunther von Hagens, the man behind the controversial exhibition of dead bodies, is now selling body parts. A new mail order store in Germany
is selling all manner of items, from part of a smoker's lung, to a slice of human head. Also for sale is a cross section of a human body - with
prices ranging from £100 to £14,000. Dr von Hagens - known as Dr Death in his homeland - is the inventor of plastination. It is a process which
preserves the bodies of people and animals by replacing fluids with hardened silicon. His works have gone on display all over the world, drawing
curiosity, admiration and revulsion in equal measures.
Now, the anatomist is offering a mail-order service from the German town of Guben, near the Polish border, where his factory or 'plastinarium' is
located. The plastinarium has just opened, after a two-year delay when the project was heavily criticised by religious groups. Dr von Hagens, 64,
argues that his work is educational and in fact promotes better health.
But religious leaders describe it as voyeuristic, with one priest describing it as a "sublime form of cannibalism",which violates human dignity.
VonHagens argues that what he is doing is not wrong because "corpses have no souls".
The artist gets his bodies from donors who agree that he can plastinate their bodies after their deaths. "
Now I find this a tad weird, I know his exhibitions around the world are viewed as educational and fascinating and I cant really argue with that, why
I find it weird is that he apparently has a large amount of young adult's bodies, I dont know many young adults who think about death enough to agree
for their bodies to be given up for scientific research after death, so where has he acquired all these bodies? He says from donors.
The news article states that there was rumors at one stage that he was getting the bodies from China and that Dr Von Hagens denied this saying that
the confusion arose in an interview conducted in English - his 'favoured but not first language'
So what do you guys think, is this guy legit? or is he some evil weirdo with a penchant for dead bodies? Maybe buying them to order from the black
market? or maybe i just have an over active imagination. I think it is strange that he is now selling body parts, who would want one? a foot for over
the mantle anyone?
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