Germany's terminally-ill 'Dr. Death' to put own body on show

Jan 05, 2011

The German anatomist dubbed "Doctor Death", who has turned stomachs worldwide preserving and displaying dead bodies, said Wednesday he is terminally ill and plans to exhibit his own corpse.

Gunther von Hagens, 65, told the Bild mass circulation daily he is suffering from incurable and intends to have his dead body put on display to "welcome" visitors to his exhibition.

"My wife Angelina Whalley, the curator of the Body Worlds exhibition, will plastinate my body. We are already making preparations for this," the publicity-hungry scientist told Bild.

"My plastinated corpse will then stand in a welcoming pose at the entrance of my exhibition. I want to be able to welcome my guests even after I am dead."

Hagens is no stranger to controversy. His latest wheeze was to offer preserved for sale in a so-called "supermarket of death."

In a process invented by Hagens, the body parts are skinned and preserved with a synthetic resin, laying bare the naked muscles, nerves and tendons underneath.

At the centre in Guben, eastern Germany, a blackened smoker's lung sells for 3,600 euros (4,772 dollars), while a testicle costs 360 euros.

In 2002 he conducted Britain's first public autopsy in 170 years despite the risk of arrest. And in 2009, he put on an exhibition in Berlin showing dead bodies having sex.

He said the symptoms of his disease were becoming stronger day by day. "My movements are increasingly uncoordinated. I am losing the skills I previously had with my hands," he told Bild.

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RobertKarlStonjek
not rated yet Jan 06, 2011
What can you do with one testicle? You need at least half a dozen just for one bowl of matzah ball soup...
DamienS
not rated yet Jan 06, 2011
Plastination is a fantastic preservative process. While I haven't seen a plastinated body in person, I have watched a number of Gunther's dissection programs on TV. They were both gruesome and fascinating at the same time. There'll be a certain symmetry to his ultimate fate.
iknow
not rated yet Jan 06, 2011
Shame that. I really enjoyed the exhibition in Brick Lane in London few years back.

Went with a Phd mate who was very keen on pointing out the fun stuff.

Man is a legend.
Glyndwr
not rated yet Jan 06, 2011
Parkinsons will probably be much alleviated by the time he is 'near death'. Dont care if he does die....saying stupid things like that