How Much Is Your Dead Body Worth?
When veteran broadcaster Alistair Cooke died in 2004 few suspected that he was yet to uncover his greatest story. What happened to his body as it lay in a funeral home would reveal a story of modern day grave robbery and helped smash a body-snatching ring that had made millions of dollars by chopping up and selling-off over 1000 bodies.
Dead bodies have become big business.Each year millions of people’s lives are improved by the use of tissue from the dead. Bodies are used to supply spare parts, and for surgeons to practice on. Horizon investigates the medical revolution that has created an almost insatiable demand for body parts and uncovers the growing industry and grisly black market that supplies human bodies for a price.
A really fascinating BBC documentary - highly recommended!
A few snaps I took at The Wasted Works at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. This was an exhibition by Gina Czarnecki that explored the life-giving potential of ‘discarded’ body parts, as well as their relationship to myths, history, stem cell research and notions of what constitutes informed consent. It’s off to Coventry next and is definitely worth a peep if you’re in the vicinity!
You can see a few more photographs on my Flickr.
EAT YOUR HEART OUT 2012
Beyond delighted to say that Eat Your Heart Out 2 will be held in the St Barts Pathology Museum in London from October 26th – 28th. Working closely with the wonderful Carla Valentine, EYHO is going 100% anatomically correct & educational on your arse. If you want pretty labels on your cakes saying what flavor they are then don’t come… In their place will be some information on the very body part you are about to eat a delicious cake version of. They’ll also be the ultimate cake pathology lecture focusing on REAL conditions such as maple-syrup urine disease, icing sugar spleen and nutmeg liver. Lots more secrets yet to be revealed so be afraid, be very afraid…
Lung cancer cookies below are from Nevie Pie Cakes (and will be on sale in the space if I can persuade her)!
Cake makers wanting to take part then the full brief is here – the pathology theme is fairly open so please fell free to send me over any ideas you have. Eat Your Heart Out is a non for profit organization supporting the art of cake making all brand support welcome.
Now anyone for an icing sugar spleen?…
I am SO there! This sounds absolutely bloody amazing!
In a ceremony on May 9, a French museum in the town of Rouen returned to officials from New Zealand the embalmed head of a Maori warrior, which had languished in the museum as an exotic collectible for over a century. TIME takes a look at history’s other notable pilfered remains…
Hundreds of human body parts have been found in the cellars of the institute of anatomy, apparently abandoned for years
The University of Cologne is investigating after hundreds of human body parts were found in the cellars of its institute of anatomy, apparently abandoned there for years.
The scandal has shaken the German academic world, especially as last month the former head of the anatomy department was found dead, apparently having taken his life when rumours began to circulate.
According to a first report made available to Spiegel Online, university staff discovered a room full of human adult corpses and animal cadavers, as well as a large number of plastic buckets, labelled “noses”, “newborns” and “shark head”. Evidence gathered by hygiene experts and fire safety officers accompanying the staff indicated that the room might have been left unused for a decade or more.
About 100 corpses of people who had donated their bodies to medical research, but who should by then have long been buried, were among the macabre discoveries. The institute has been trying to identify them using a highly muddled donor archive.
One of the staff, a man who wished to remain anonymous, said that at the time of the visit “the cooling system was broken, and the room smelt accordingly bad”. He described the scene as “quite disgusting” and “reminiscent of a horror film”.
According to the report, the group took mould samples from the walls and the corpses, analysis of which also indicated the room had been left unused for years.
Grim. Click the link to read the rest of the article…
This is just amaaaaazing! Click here for a video of the baker/artist in action…