By Leah Hutchinson ’16
Dead bodies were everywhere! That’s all that was seen when the Anatomy and AP Biology classes took a trip to the Bodies Exhibit in Times Square.
This semester anatomy and physiology is taught by Ms. Margaret DeSimone and Mr. Thomas Canepa. The time of the trip coordinated with the lessons being taught as the students learned about the integumentary system. The integumentary system is a system that the body uses to protect itself from harm superficially and internally. The system contains the skin, hair, nails, and exocrine glands.
The museum demonstrated the integumentary system on various bodies of both males and females. To make sure the students paid attention to what was going on, they were given over 20 questions to answer as they made their way through the museum. However, everyone was not fond of this assignment.
“It was really hard to pay attention to the exhibit because I was so focused on answering the questions,” said Xiomara Heron ‘16
The exhibit explained how an everyday lifestyle could affect the various organs of the body. Even though everyone does not smoke, a great population of people in the world does. The effects of smoking on the lungs and even the legs were shown and explained. It also taught viewers about the pros and cons of stress. Most people think stress is only harmful, but it is a natural response of the body that can actually be beneficial to mental health.
Many of the bodies were in positions. The dancing man stood with one leg and one arm in the arm holding his abdominal organs which included his intestines and liver. The organs were removed from this body and placed in his hand the same way it would be positioned in his body. Towards the end of the museum there were more women as it began to talk about pregnancy and the female reproductive system. A pregnant woman was displayed with her fetus still inside her.
What may have been the most fascinating thing was the horse and the horseman. A real dead horse was removed of its skin and placed on display with the rider still on him. All the hair on the horse was removed except for that of his tail. A part of its skin was cut open so that the organs may be seen. The horseman was split in three parts. In the middle was his organs, the front contained the superficial part of the body which included the rib cage, and the back had the spinal cord. In this way viewers were able to see the different parts of the body in a way that the other bodies around the exhibit did not demonstrate.
“It was so cool. They had a real horse. It looked bigger than normal for some reason. You’d think it would look smaller because there was no hair on it. Maybe it was because they cut it open, but either way it was something cool to see,” said Bolu Baearinde ‘16
Even though many students may have wanted to go on this trip, everyone was not able to. There are 6 anatomy classes with 32 students in each class. To ensure students were chosen fairly for the trip, in each class students wrote their name on a piece of paper and placed it in a container. The teacher would randomly choose 13 names. Those students were allowed to decide if they wanted to go or not. If they decided not to go, another name would be chosen.