GALLIPOLIS —Bossard Memorial Library will later this year be filled with preserved human bodies that the public will be able to see.
Premier Exhibitions Inc. officials said the highly anticipated “Bodies Revealed” exhibition will open Sept. 25 at Bossard Memorial Library. Seen by millions worldwide, the exhibition features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been meticulously preserved through an innovative process, giving visitors the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before.
The exhibition takes visitors through galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body. Many of the whole body specimens are displayed in vivid athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate to everyday activities. In addition, authentic human specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by overeating and lack of exercise.
A healthy lung is featured next to a black lung ravaged by smoking in a vivid comparison more powerful than any textbook image. The exhibition will change the way people see themselves. It is designed to enlighten, empower, fascinate and inspire. Due to the educational benefits of this exhibition, library officials are marketing Bodies Revealed to schools, universities and medical facilities, as well as the general public.
The human body specimens in the exhibition are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body’s many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. The full-body specimens can take more than a year to prepare.
“The educational impact of this exhibition is immeasurable,” said Dr. Roy Glover, professor emeritus of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Michigan and chief medical director for Bodies Revealed. “For centuries, the medical community has learned about the inner workings of the human body through the study of real human bodies, and now it’s possible for the public to gain an intimate knowledge as well.”
Beginning Sept. 9, the public will be able to visit the library’s website at www.bossardlibrary.org to schedule a guaranteed timed reservation for up to 10 people to view the exhibition. Walk-in entry will be on a first-come, first-serve basis after all reservations are fulfilled. The exhibition will be on display at the library from Sept. 25 through Dec. 31. Further information will be made available soon on the library’s website.
“The library administration and board believe a great return will be realized on the investment of library resources allocated to this exhibition should one youth be compelled to pursue a career in medicine, life sciences, forensics or any such related field as a result of experiencing the Bodies Revealed exhibit, said Bossard Library director Debbie Saunders. “We are pleased to offer those in the tri-state area with the unique opportunity to view this amazing exhibition at no admission cost. This exhibition is predominately shown in larger, metropolitan areas of the country. We are excited to bring this exhibit closer to home and provide this remarkable educational opportunity to those in our region.”