39-year-old Joseph Paul Jernigan.
life he was a convicted murderer.
death he's the ultimate anatomical specimen.
died by lethal injection in 1993. His body was encased in gelatin,
frozen, and carved into 1,862 transverse (horizontal) slices. Each
millimeter-thin section was photographed, digitized, and electronically
reassembled to create the "Visible Human Male," part of the National
Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project.
In 1995, a
59-year-old Maryland woman became the first "Visible Human Female."
these "Visible Humans" to plan surgeries. Medical students study
their anatomy. You can peruse their most personal details on the
World Wide Web.
your remains might be used this way,
would you consider leaving your body to science?
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