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The Healer Within

May 28, 2003 – September 2, 2003

Museum: Arts and Industries Building

Location: West Hall

The health emphasis in America is shifting from curing disease to preventing it. Through 34 interactive workstations, this hands-on exhibition is designed to give visitors the knowledge to become actively engaged in improving their own health by answering such questions as: How many times does the heart beat in an hour? How long does it take for a cut to heal? How many skin cells does a body replace every minute?

Highlights include:

  • large-scale models of the brain and the heart
  • a replica of a completely dissected human nervous system wired to illuminate the pathways involved in everyday activities
  • "Musculo-Skeletal Cyclist," a model skeleton (wearing a safety helmet) pedaling a trail bike; one leg shows the bone structure in action, the other how muscles and nerves work together
  • a virtual reality tour through the immune system
  • a view of healing tissues at the microscopic level
  • a demonstration of how posture affects the body

Organized by the Still National Osteopathic Museum & Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

No photography permitted.