Friday, February 15, 2008


My friend Heidi's birthday is coming up so her husband, Kevin, flew Leah (Heidi's sister) to Florida for her birthday. He wrapped a large tote with wrapping paper and put Leah in it so Heidi could open it. Kevin woke Heidi up early (like 6:00am) to open her present. Heidi was sure suprised.
Heidi, Leah and I got to go to the Bodies exhibit going on in downtown Ft Lauderdale. I've taken several anatomy classes and was so fascinated by the exhibit. The following is what the exhibit entails:
The museum is set up so that one starts at the skeletal system, and more layers (muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems; as well as fetal development and the treated body) are added in successive rooms. The exhibition uses real human bodies that have been preserved permanently by a process called "polymer preservation" so that they will not decay. Some of the specimens are arranged so that they are performing activities such as playing basketball or conducting an orchestra. Along the way are other displays showing a human intestine stretched out, the polluted lung of a smoker, and all of the arteries and veins without the body itself. One section includes several fetuses in various stages of development. All of the fetuses died due to miscarriages, and the disorders which caused each are highlighted.
My favorite part of the exhibit was the circulatory system because you can see all the arteries and veins and they are injected with a dye so they are colorful. Our bodies are truly amazing.