Faculty of Medicine at Colombo University has once again organized Sri Lanka’s key medical exhibition “MedEx” after 26 years, reports Colombo Page. The MedEx 2008 opened yesterday at the BMICH in Colombo and will be opened to public until Apr 1. (By the way, I remember seeing the last MedEx in 1982 as a Grade 9 student! Prof. Carlo Fonseka’s ‘fire walking’ demonstration was the best attraction
Science exhibitions play an important role in educating public on matters directly relevant to them – which they are not even aware of. Not all of us are fortunate enough to see the interiors of medical laboratories. Exhibitions are one successful way of bridging that information gap.
MedEx brings back two fond memories. The first one was the Ananda College Centenary exhibition in 1986, in which I too contributed as an A/L student. The project of our class was to demonstrate some of advanced chemical experiments, which normally could not be carried out in school laboratories. I am sure a large number of A/L and O/L students, especially from schools with little laboratory facilities benefitted from our work.
Image: A photograph taken on the last day of the Ananda College Centenary exhibition. Hope you can recognise me in the front row with a set of test tubes in my hand.
The other memory is Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS the first anatomical exhibition of preserved human bodies, which was made available to the wide public. Since its initial installation in Japan in 1995, nearly 25 million visitors in over 40 cities in Asia, Europe, and North America have seen what is considered the world’s most successful travelling exhibition.
Image: Isn’t this scary? What the man on left ‘exhibits’ is his own skin.
The exhibitions also allow visitors to see and better understand the long-term impact of diseases, the effects of tobacco consumption and the mechanics of artificial supports such as knees and hips.
The Bodyworlds exhibitions rely on the generosity of body donors; individuals who bequeathed that, upon their death, their bodies could be used for educational purposes in the exhibitions. Currently, the Institute for Plastination has a donor roster of 8000 individuals, 490 are already deceased.
Image: These specimen come from donors who want others to use their bodies for a good cause