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Club MEDs Bodies Exhibit

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It is exactly 9:04 AM and students begin to board the school bus for the Bodies Exhibit field trip, hosted by Club MEDS, on May 26th. Specifically, these students are heading to the Body Worlds: Pulse at Discovery Times Square. The field trip was organized by the Club MEDS members: Stacey Chung, Alex Lekan, and I (all AMST juniors) and the Club MEDS advisor, Mrs. Stott.

Although it is a school club dedicated to promoting the medical field, students from all academies are welcomed.  Alex Lekan commented, “Club MEDS offers students amazing opportunities to explore breakthroughs in the medical and scientific fields while fostering a team building atmosphere that encourages students to reach their goals.”

At this unique exhibit, students have the chance to experience the science of the human body through plastination, the preservation of body parts through a process that replaces water and fat with various enduring plastics such as formalin. In fact, all the bodies were donated with the intent to further the education of future generations. With over 200 bodies, the exhibit showcased full bodies as well as detailed segments such as the ligament, tendon, and bone.

More interestingly, there were multiple displays that highlighted what cancer and disease look like in various organs. For example, healthy lungs would be set next to lungs with lung cancer and lungs who belonged to a smoker. One could see the tar deposits strewn across the space between the two lungs and one could also see how the tumor squishes the lung to half its original size. Additionally, there was a section dedicated to the development of embryos. Students were able to witness what an embryo looked like in week 1 and the drastic changes by week 36 like the cartilage still present in copious amounts to allow growth and the fine bones in its hands.

Stacey Chung noted that, “The exhibit was really a work of art. It fused science and art to allow for an interesting experience. I think that students could really get a lot out of this trip it they were interested and read the descriptions of the displays.” Ultimately, it was seeing our insides on the outside that truly made the journey of discovery unforgettable.

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Plastination is defined as ” preservation of body parts through a process that replaces water and fat with various enduring plastics.” This was used on the above mammal in the Bodies Exhibit.

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