“Bodies Revealed” Exhibit…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, November 20, 2010

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (a.k.a. the Van Andel Museum) is hosting an exhibit called “Bodies Revealed,” and it just opened this past weekend. If you don’t want to click the link, here’s the basic scoop:

In this phenomenal exhibition about the amazing and complex machine we call the human body, more than a dozen full body human specimens and hundreds of organs are respectfully displayed to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work within each of us.  With a reverent, academic approach, this display allows people of all ages to more closely observe the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems, and to absorb information normally reserved only for medical professionals. 

It’s an exciting idea, but of course there are real possibilities for attendees to be “shocked, nauseated, or even offended.” Much the same way I feel about¬†politicians reaping the benefits of their world-class (and government-run) health care while telling me that my family doesn’t deserve the same.

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