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4/13/2011

Free this Fri: Bodies to Benefit Brainiacs

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |


It's not Halloween season (which would have made this very relevant) but the topic was still compelling. After hosting workshops on machine welding to hotwiring cars, Machine Projects once again surprises with a talk on how the medical field first began its illicit exploration of the human body.


Megan Curran, Head of Metadata & Content Management for the Norris Medical Library of USC, shares the crazy stories of how bodies were to be had for experimentation (read: it usually wasn't by magnanimously donating your body to science). The site shares, "Prisoners, the indigent, robbed graves, and even murderers helped supply medical schools and doctors for centuries."

I'm quite a history buff, so I'm curious to know. Don't you ever wonder how da Vinci got it all pretty much right?

Ill-gotten brains: the grisly history of sourcing bodies for anatomical learning
Friday, April 15th, 2011, 8pm
1200 D North Alvarado,
Los Angeles, CA

Machine Project
Phone: 213-483-8761
Admission: Free

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