Anatomy for Beginners: 1-4 episodes (2005)

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Anatomy for Beginners: 1-4 episodes (2005)

Anatomy for Beginners (2005)
4xDVDRip | English | AVI | 704 x 384 | DX50 ~1771 Kbps | 25 fps
AC-3 | 192 kbps | 48.0 KHz | 2 channels | 03:17:30 | 2.73 GB
Genre: Documentary, Medicine, Anatomy

Anatomy For Beginners is presented by pioneering anatomist, Dr. Gunther von Hagens and pathologist, Professor John A. Lee. Dr. von Hagens pioneered a procedure known as plastination, which preserves bodies and body parts for educational and display purposes. This works basically by substituting water and fat in the body tissue with special polymers that can preserve even the finest detail. This results in specimens that are immaculately preserved and presented, offering incredible opportunities for medical education. Many of these specimens are used in the program. Dr. von Hagens has also exhibited these specimens around the world in an exhibition titled Body Worlds, which displays genuine examples of human anatomy in a very public forum. Anatomy For Beginners is simply an extension of his desire to educate people about the wonders of what we all generally take for granted - the function of our bodies.
Each of the four programs in the series focuses on a particular aspect of human anatomy - movement, circulation, digestion and reproduction. Each episode involves the dissection of a body to demonstrate the function and theories of that particular subject. Dr. von Hagens performs the dissections, making relevant comments during the procedure. In each episode a live model is also used to assist in demonstrating an overview of the topic being discussed. Professor John A. Lee provides the general flow of information throughout all four episodes. He explains the functions and theories during the course of the dissections, switching between specimen, live model and plastinate exhibits.

The forum for the dissections is similar to that of an autopsy, only with an audience. This small audience is made up of adults of various ages. Some are medical students and others are people who have decided to donate their bodies for medical research when they die. The group is seated around a central floor area, which is set up in such a manner to facilitate the dissections. The area also features a series of plastinate exhibits relating to the topic and plasma screens for audience viewing. A plasma screen is also used occasionally by Professor Lee to display points of interest in microscopic detail.

Disc One: Movement (49:39)

Anatomy for Beginners: 1-4 episodes (2005)

As the title suggests, this episode deals with the mechanics behind bodily movement. With the specimen body suspended in a vertical position, Dr. Gunther von Hagens removes the skin entirely from the body to reveal the network of muscle and tendons. With careful dissection, he exposes these tendons and ligaments, demonstrating the workings of basic human movement. He also removes the spinal cord and brain, examining their roles in movement. As part of this process Dr. von Hagens also tracks the sciatic nerve through the body and explains its vital function.

Disc One: Circulation (49:27)

Anatomy for Beginners: 1-4 episodes (2005)

Episode two concentrates on circulation and the organs that facilitate this essential function. Dr. von Hagens opens and folds back the rib cage, exposing the lungs and heart. In a couple of unique experiments, he demonstrates the inflation of the lungs and the function of arteries and the numerous smaller vessels in carrying blood throughout the body. The heart and lungs are later removed from the specimen and are examined in closer detail.

Disc Two: Digestion (49:36)

Anatomy for Beginners: 1-4 episodes (2005)

The aim of this episode is to follow the journey of a piece of food from the mouth, through all the digestive processes until it passes from the body. Dr. von Hagens begins the dissection at the back of mouth and travels down through each digestive process, revealing the incredible passage that is taken by everything we eat. Professor Lee explains the progression of a swallowed piece of food and the function of the major organs that facilitate the breakdown of that food. Dr. von Hagens also closely examines key elements within the digestive system such as the liver, kidneys and pancreas. At the conclusion of the episode, Dr. von Hagens impressively lays out the entire seven metres of digestive tract from the oesophagus to the anus.

Disc Two: Reproduction (48:48)

Anatomy for Beginners: 1-4 episodes (2005)

The final instalment in the series relates to human reproduction. Two dissections are performed during this episode. The first half of the program is dedicated to the male reproductive system and the second to the female. The reproductive systems of both specimens are completely removed, dissected and examined in detail by Dr. von Hagens and Professor Lee. There is no doubting this particular episode is the most difficult to watch and will have many squirming in their chairs. It is nevertheless an intriguing episode which completes a fascinating series.

The following programme was recorded at the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany, in front of an international audience of body donors and anatomy students. All bodies dissected were formally donated to the Institute and the donors consented to their remains being used for educational purposes… (The blurb at the beginning of each episode).

In January of 2005 Channel 4 broadcast an innovative, but highly controversial program which brought the study of anatomy, complete with human body dissections, into people's living rooms. The program, Anatomy For Beginners, is a four part series that also screened recently in Australia on SBS. The program became essential viewing for many and developed quite a following; despite its late time slot. The series was nicely presented on DVD in a two disc set. Here for your viewing pleasure is nicely presented as 4 .avi files.

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