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Medical News and Perspectives
June 15, 2005

Body as Art Inspires Body of Art

JAMA. 2005;293(23):2847-2848. doi:10.1001/jama.293.23.2847

Washington, DC—A schoolboy visiting the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) halts before a skeleton his own height. Examining his hand, he wiggles his fingers experimentally. He bends to squeeze his knee, and studies the bare bones again, as if peering into a magic mirror that has stripped away his soft tissues.

Moments later, he joins a classmate gazing at a fetal preparation in a jar. “That’s fake,” the other boy asserts.

“No, it’s real,” interjects Adrianne Noe, PhD, NMHM’s director, who overhears the boys while showing a visitor around the museum. “Everything here is real,” she tells them.

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