Tomorrow evening we’re heading out to BODIES, The Exhibition at the Atlanta Civic Center. I only just heard about it from the co-workers Friday, but it really sounded like something right up my alley. It’s being marketed as an artistic presentation of human anatomy. The models are made from human cadavers, and then preserved using an advanced polymer technique which can take from a week to a year to complete the preparation. The result of this unusual process is a completely realistic model of an organ or complete anatomy with characteristics of common rubber. Some pieces have existed for over 30 years without any sign of decay. One of the greatest achievments of the BODIES exhibit was to demonstrate human imperfections. Traditional anatomical models are regarded as artistic perceptions, and not true to actual situations. Medical students using the polymer organs will see varying differences between each one just as all living things are unique in nature. Another part of this exhibits design is to promote healthy lifestyles for a better life. Many of the systems on display are able to show the direct results of complex disorders to key and auxillary life-support components. For example, the body is shown enduring the effects of such things as obesity, emphysema, and cancer. The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) – the creators of BODIES – encourages students, children, and adults alike to see the show and unveil the mysteries of the human anatomy while gaining new respect for healthy choices in life.