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[Perspectives] Modelling the body

An arresting image greets the visitor to Designing Bodies—a huge brain, brightly coloured and hauntingly beautiful. Yet this is not a brain in the usual sense. No folds or corrugations, no white or grey matter, no nerve tissue at all. The physical substance of the brain has been dissolved away by corrosion casting, leaving just the internal scaffolding of arteries and veins to convey its underlying structure. The picture is more complex still. This is not an actual cast but a digital photograph from 2015 of a model made in the 1960s, enlarged and enhanced though contemporary technology.

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