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.
Lamberg L. Body as Art Inspires Body of Art. JAMA. 2005;293(23):2847-2848. doi:10.1001/jama.293.23.2847