Horse hoof anatomy preparation – new plastination technique

Equine hoof anatomy teaching specimen

Prototype embedded silicone plastination hoof slice

A new kind of embedded silicone plastination specimen. It combines the realistic 3-dimensional vision of anatomical details in silicone plastination with the attractive and convenient hands-on approach of embedded specimens

Bone fracture in a horse foot – long pastern bone fracture

Fraktur Fesselbein Pferd

Fracture of the long pastern bone in a horse foot

The sheet plastinate shows how the fracture goes through almost the entire long pastern bone. These fracture can usually not be treated in horses. During treatment horses develop severe problems also in the other foots: see plastination of laminitis in the equine hoof.

Blood vessel anatomy

Anatomie der Blutgefaesse

Vascularisation of the fish head

The detail of the fish head vascularisation demonstrates how the transparency of the sheet plastinate can show the whole complexity of the blood vessel anatomy in one single anatomical specimen. You can also find this picture and many more in the plastination-archive.

Plastination 2.0 at the congress of the European Association of Veterinary Anatomists (EAVA)

The use of plastinates in schools, museums and other institutions was the subject of an oral presentation from Dr. Christoph von Horst at the EAVA congress in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria). Veterinary anatomists from all of Europe, the US, South America, New Zealand and Australia heard about how plastinates can be adapted to the needs of a wider range of users. The tension between aesthetics and the scientific message played a major role in the speach. Co-author of the presentation was Prof. Dr. Robert W. Henry (President of the World Association of Veterinary Anatomists). Henry and von Horst also presented a scientific poster that suggests a change of the anatomical nomenclature (Nomina anatomica veterinaria) for the equine maxillary sinuses.

Horse plastinates in the newspaper Cavallo

hock joint of the horse

Horse hock joint

The equestrian magazine Cavallo shows a plastinate of the equine hock (tarsal joint sagittal section) in its Mai issue. In the following months various insight into the horse anatomy will be shown in the horse magazine. All plastinates and anatomical photographs were done by myself. Similar specimens and prints can be ordered directly at HC Biovision.

Rumours about Plastinarium in Guben and Bodyworlds creator Dr. Gunther von Hagens

In the city of Guben, Germany there are rumours that the plastinarium of Dr. Gunther von Hagens might soon be closed down and even that the father might be incapacitated by the son. This was reported in an article by the newspaper “Lausitzer Rundschau“. The son of the bodyworlds creator Dr. Gunther von Hagens denied these rumours: He is going to take over the position as managing director and further employment cuts were necessary. The bodyworlds exhibitions (now in Seoul, San Juan – Puerto Rico, in Naples, Amsterdam und London) are still the most profitable business of the Insitute for Plastination.

Just as interesting as the article in the internet are the comments and discussions about it: It seems that a comment which mentioned the dept overload of the Gubener Plastinate GmbH was deleted by now. This comment also mentioned how the dept overload could be verified at www.bundesanzeiger.de (German Federal Gazette) by entering “Gubener Plastinate GmbH” in the search field.

Link to article.

The fact that Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ son will take over the position as managing director was already announced last summer during a Plastination conference of the International Society for Plastination (link to youtube channel Plastinate).

Update (23.4.2012):
The Speaker of the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg announced that Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ son Rurik von Hagens will instantly be general manager of the plastination facilities in Guben. The number of staff in Guben was reduced from initial 180 to 42 recently. The “Plastinarium” in Guben produces plastinates that are also offered in an online shop and that are displayed in the bodyworlds exhibitions. Newspaper article in the Märkische Oderzeitung.

Pig anatomy plastinate

Sheet plastination specimen of a pig head

Sheet plastination pig head

Pig jaws are used in the education of dentists. The pig´s molar and premolar teeth are very much the same like in humans, so that various procedures in dentistry can easily be practised. This plastination of a pig´s head allows further general insight that are interesting for the dentist and oral surgeon: the path of the Maxillary Nerv, the structure and position of the Parotis Gland and various topographical relations. Besides complete head sheet plastinates like this one, most common tooth preparations that I am doing are thin ground teeth with vision of the pulpa nerves and vessels. Furthermore parents love to have their children´s milk teeth / baby teeth embedded in acrylic.

Dr. Gunther von Hagens plastinates the “crucified Jesus”

The German Newspaper “Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung” reported on the 14th of April 2012 that Dr. Gunther von Hagens recently finished plastinating the “crucified Jesus”. The specimen, which is a combined bone- / blood vessels preparation, shall be carried over the alps all the way to Rome. You can find the German online article here: http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/wissenschaft/Gunther-von-Hagens-Jesus-am-Kreuz-als-letztes-grosses-Werk-id19564271.html.

The article also shows a picture of the “Sitting Act” plastination from Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The city of Augsburg did not allow the presentation of this “Sex-Plastinate” in the context of the Bodyworlds exhibition in the past. The Augsburger Allgemeine had also published an article about my own plastination of animals a while ago.

Stepping closer to Reality

Sheet plastination of the bird.

Details of the turkey anatomy plastinate

A closer look shows details of the bird anatomy, eg. size of eye and cerebellum in comparison to the cerebrum.