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  Gunther von Hagens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gunther von Hagens (born Gunther Liebchen on January 10, 1945) is a German anatomist who invented the plastination technique to conserve specimen and is heavily involved in its promotion.
Von Hagens is married to Angelina Whalley; he has three children from his first marriage and also retains the surname von Hagens which is that of his first wife.
Von Hagens himself testified at the meeting; he said he had received nine corpses from Kyrgyzstan hospitals, none had been used for the Body Worlds exhibition, and that he was not involved with nor responsible for the notification of families.
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 Station Information - Gunther von Hagens
Gunther von Hagens (born January 10, 1945) is an anatomist who invented the plastination technique to conserve specimen and is heavily involved in its promotion.
Von Hagens grew up in East Germany and studied medicine at the University of Jena.
Von Hagens has been criticized as being sensationalist, in relation to his artistic plastination specimen and his possibly illegal public dissection in London in 2002.
www.stationinformation.com /encyclopedia/g/gu/gunther_von_hagens.html   (509 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | The naked and the dead
Von Hagens sees himself on a global mission to end the elitism of the medical profession which, he believes, has denied the lay public access to a better understanding of their own bodies.
Von Hagens' exhibition is opening in a country whose most vaunted recent artistic movement, Britart, is obsessed with the body - be that the pickled sharks and bisected livestock of Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn's frozen-blood head, or Rick Gibson's foetus earrings.
Von Hagens' exhibition seems to trump all those - with the possible exception of the earrings - in its capacity to shock and compel attention, and is likely to be as big a cultural draw in London as last year's Hayward Gallery exhibition Spectacular Bodies.
www.guardian.co.uk /g2/story/0,3604,669775,00.html   (1610 words)

 Encyclopedia: Gunther von Hagens
Von Hagens himself believes that it is not necessary to have consent for the use of body parts in every case.
Although von Hagens insists that all the bodies displayed in his exhibition come from donors, the same cannot be said of the bodies held at his Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg.
Von Hagens does indeed have a contract with the Anatomical Institute of the University of Novosibirsk, which is licensed to collect unclaimed bodies.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Gunther-von-Hagens   (351 words)

 Gunther von Hagens   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Von Hagens has said that his grand goal is the founding of a "Museum of Man" where exhibits of human anatomy can bepermanently shown.
Von Hagens has been criticized as being sensationalist, in relation to his artistic plastination specimen and his possiblyillegal public dissection in London in 2002.
Von Hagens himself testified at the meeting; he said he had received nine corpses from Kyrgyzstanhospitals, none had been used for the Body Worlds exhibition, and that he was not involved with nor responsible for thenotification of families.
www.therfcc.org /gunther-von-hagens-271158.html   (581 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Gunther Von Hagen and Plastination - A804322
Von Hagens has displayed his plastinates in a manner in which all internal organs - nerves, blood vessels and bones - can be viewed by the public, thereby giving an insight into the human body.
Von Hagens is fascinated by their work, but wrote 'Neither illustrations nor models can convey the individual beauty of these structures to us, for the source of truth is in the originals' and so has taken their work a stage further.
Von Hagens considers his displays to be a combination of art, science and education; however his activities have been compared to those in Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War, where people's teeth and hair were hoarded for money and even lampshades were made from skin.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/alabaster/A804322   (1422 words)

 BODYWORLDS-   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In 1965, von Hagens entered medical school at the University of Jena, south of Leipzig, and the birthplace of writers Schiller and Goethe.
Gunther von Hagens was arrested, extradited to East Germany, and imprisoned for two years.
Only 23 years old at the time, the iconoclastic von Hagens was viewed as a threat to the socialist way of life, and therefore in need of rehabilitation and citizenship education.
www.bodyworlds.com /en/pages/gunther_von_hagens.asp   (1583 words)

 NYU Today
In 1977, Gunther von Hagens, a physician and member of the faculty at the Anatomical Institute of Heidelberg University, discovered that by replacing water and lipids in biological tissues with reactive polymers, he could produce and preserve amazingly durable anatomical specimens while eliminating toxic chemicals.
Von Hagens discovered that another advantage of plastination is its ability to solidify soft tissue so that specimens can be stabilized and posed in a variety of realistic, attractive, lifelike poses.
Von Hagens was convinced that given an opportunity to view the never-before-seen inner realms of the human body, most people would react not with revulsion but with awe, heightened respect, and pride in the physical facts and functions of their bodies.
www.nyu.edu /nyutoday/archives/18/12/Stories/vonhagens.html   (926 words)

 Mother and child divided   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Professor Gunther von Hagens created the exhibition and invented plastination, the method by which water in body tissues is replaced first by acetone, then by a cocktail of plastics and rubbers.
Von Hagens was surprised by both the immense public interest and by the controversy and the exhibition has evolved in response.
Pastor Fischer concludes that von Hagens is a self-promoter, encourages voyeurism rather than education, and that the exhibition is a spectacle that devalues human life – a point of view not shared by the overwhelming number of entries in the comment book, or by any of the conversations overheard on the day I attended.
www.studio-international.co.uk /reports/body_worlds.htm   (1352 words)

 Deadly dull world of Prof von Hagens - [Sunday Herald]
Von Hagens, who found fame and infamy in 2002 when he performed the UK’s first public autopsy in 170 years, originally made his name as inventor of the mummification process “plastination” which, preserving and solidifying tissue, allows organs, muscles or whatever other body bits you fancy to be displayed as though they were anatomical models.
Von Hagens insists he strives to remove such ghoulish associations, to push past the disgust and squeamishness with which we have been taught to regard our mysterious innards, to educate, enlighten and reveal the mechanical principles and the intricate beauty of the human interior.
Arguably, von Hagens has little control over how he looks and sounds, but the suspicion that he has created a character is strengthened by the distinctive costume he chooses to wear.
www.sundayherald.com /47257   (904 words)

 on Gunther von Hagens and plastination : controversies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The corpses of Herr von Hagens are exposed "in situation", swimming crawl, playing chess, etc, or even better, open belly, in the case of an eight month pregnant dead woman, or an écorché, proudly waving his skin at arm's length, or an other man with all his muscles wide flayed and fan-shaped...
They nourish Prof von Hagens (who would have earned €75 millions since the beginning of his anatomistico-artistic show) and finance his Institute of Heidelberg : because plastinating is expensive...
von Hagens consists of a meticulous quartering that ends up in a particularly grotesque (according to our point of view, and you may quite well share it...) and obscene (in proper words : "openly wounding decency", Littré) sculpture.
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 BBC NEWS | Health | Controversial autopsy goes ahead
Professor Gunther von Hagens defied warnings from Scotland Yard that his show in front of a sell-out crowd of 500 at London's Atlantis Gallery could be illegal.
Prof von Hagens' subject was a 72-year-old man who had donated his body to the German doctor's controversial Bodyworlds exhibition of human corpses.
Professor von Hagens said he believed he was "on good legal grounds" to hold the autopsy in public.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/health/2493291.stm   (701 words)

 Gunther von Hagens: Art is Dead, Long Live the Deceased - Arts
Many critics accused von Hagens of not only exploiting the deceased, but going well beyond the interest of science and placing the bodies in, what they considered, to often be degrading and disrespectful situations.
Though von Hagens maintains that he work is both educational and entertaining, the simple morbid nature of his work causes many people to demand that he works solely for the sake of science.
Even though von Hagens continually states that all his specimens are from willing donors that explicitly wished to have their lives remembered by having their remains given back to society, von Hagens continues to dodge accusations that he receives bodies purchases from Chinese prisons and mental facilities.
www.the-mass-media.com /media/paper445/news/2005/04/14/Arts/Gunther.Von.Hagens.Art.Is.Dead.Long.Live.The.Deceased-927138.shtml   (774 words)

 BBC NEWS | Health | The plastination professor
German professor Gunther von Hagens has carried out the first public post-mortem in the UK since the 1830s, despite a government warning it is illegal.
A professor of anatomy, Gunther von Hagens was born in 1945 in Poznan - now part of Poland - and he grew up near Leipzig, in the former East Germany.
Von Hagens says he started without any artistic pretensions.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/health/2494643.stm   (621 words)

 Plastination - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimen that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most microscopic properties of the original sample.
The technique was invented by Gunther von Hagens when working at the anatomical institute of the University of Heidelberg in 1978.
Von Hagens has patented the technique in several countries and is heavily involved in its promotion, especially with his travelling exhibition Body Worlds showing plastinated human bodies all over the world.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Plastination   (258 words)

 Gunther von Hagens: Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com - All about Gunther von Hagens
Professor Gunther von Hagens is an anatomist who taught anatomy at Heidelberg University for 20 years.
He also performed a controversial public dissection on of a human body on 20th November, 2002, at the art gallery where his exhibition is showing.
The British authorities had previously prohibited the dissection, but Hagens ignored the proscription, stating that he violated no actual law.
www.encyclopedian.com /gu/Gunther-von-Hagens.html   (237 words)

 Body Worlds Gunther Von Hagens   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Gunther (in Latin Gundaharius and in Anglicized Old Norse Gunnar) was a king of the Burgundians west of the Rhine from at least 411 to his death in 437.
Von in proper names, generally means "of" and indeed is a part of the name of a majority of German nobility.
However the presence of "von" by no meansindicates the bearer to be of noble ancestry nor does its absence indicate non-nobility.
www.super8filmmaking.com /tail/35739-body-worlds-gunther-von-hagens.html   (958 words)

 Online Media Kit / BODY WORLDS 2 / Great Lakes Science Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Dr. von Hagens began his medical studies at Germany’s University of Jena in 1965, but his studies were interrupted after being arrested for protesting against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops and an unsuccessful attempt at escaping from East Germany.
Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 2: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, is a first-of-its-kind exhibit in which guests learn about anatomy, physiology and health by viewing real human bodies, preserved through an extraordinary method called plastination.
Gunther von Hagens, creator of BODY WORLDS and inventor of the plastination technique, has designed BODY WORLDS 2 to reveal significant insights about human anatomy, physiology and health, presenting an unprecedented view of the structure and function of the human body and offering an unforgettable lesson on the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
www.bodyworlds.org   (5710 words)

 CBS News | London's 'Cadaver' A Reality Show Low? | November 23, 2002 08:58:58
Moments later, von Hagens, wearing a fl fedora and a blue surgical gown, took his scalpel to the naked preserved corpse.
Von Hagens denied he was breaking any laws and said he had a "briefcase full of books" to support his case.
Von Hagens changed earlier plans to carry out the examination on the body of a 33-year-old woman was epileptic — reportedly because of opposition from epilepsy groups.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2002/11/20/world/main530223.shtml   (1160 words)

 Art | Dead Bodies | Gunther von Hagens | Body Worlds | Exhibit | Gross | Corpse | Chicago | Toronto | Professor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Gunther von Hagens plasticizes human bodies and body parts to create his shocking artwork.
All of the whole bodies are voluntarily donated to Gunther von Hagen to be plasticized.
Tens of millions of people from around the world have seen Gunther von Hagens exhibit titled Body Worlds and now you can too - as long as your 'rents are cool with it.
www.kidzworld.com /site/p4690.htm   (302 words)

 The Anatomists
The strong feelings that von Hagens' exhibition – and his multi-million dollar business selling anatomical specimens to institutions – provoke, are typical of our somewhat mixed feelings about how a body should be treated after death.
And this has led to much criticism of Gunther von Hagens, who has become embroiled in his own bodysnatching scandal.
Von Hagens denies this, saying that the tatooed body belongs to a German citizen and a personal friend.
www.channel4.com /science/microsites/A/anatomists/ethics1.html   (1193 words)

 Feature - He Sees Dead People   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Von Hagens, a former Heidelberg University lecturer who studied medicine at the University of Lübeck, has taken his patented technique to 10 countries in Europe and Asia since 1995.
As for the issue of von Hagens’ profiting, she underscored the exhibit’s costliness (whole-body plastination averages at $35,000 to $40,000) and the fact that everyone else has been profiting from death for years.
When I asked von Hagens why he had so few full-bodied women in his exhibit, his answers, like his waffling between identity as artist and scientist, were less resolute than Frank’s.
www.laalternativepress.com /v03n15/feature/fitzgerald.php   (2377 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Von Hagens, who has amassed £45m from ticket sales from Body Worlds, his hugely popular show of skinned and "plastinated" corpses, has claimed he displays only people who gave their permission to be exhibited.
Von Hagens's business relationship with the former Soviet state began after he met Valeri Gabitov, head of anatomy at the state medical academy, at a conference in 1996.
Although von Hagens, who was made an honorary professor by the academy, says he never pays for corpses, he did send at least £250,000 to the academy to pay for staff, refurbished laboratories and research.
www.dyc.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk /SundayTimes/BodyStash.html   (538 words)

 spiked-health | Column | Making a spectacle of ourselves
All von Hagens has done is to exhibit dead bodies, as a whole and in parts, that have been preserved by his 'plastination' process and dissected for public display.
The verdict on von Hagens, with his fl fedora, his icy stare and his zeal for self-promotion, is that he is decidedly uncool.
Though von Hagens has indicated that all his subjects gave their consent to being preserved, dissected and displayed after death, ethical commentators have raised unsubstantiated claims to the contrary.
www.spiked-online.com /articles/00000006D862.htm   (1852 words)

 "German 'Artist' Uses Human Corpses in China Exhibit" by Jean Shaw   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Inside von Hagens' sprawling, well-guarded compound, behind a leaning metal fence pocked with holes, are more than 800 human beings - 200 of his staffers and 645 dead bodies in steel cases from almost a dozen nations.
Von Hagens said that corpse was a German who donated his body.
Von Hagens said his staff searched their cache of bodies after the Der Spiegel article appeared and found seven with ''different kinds of head injuries.'' He said he planned to incinerate those to be certain execution victims are not used.
www.chronwatch.com /content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=5825   (814 words)

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