If you could donate your body to science after you die — knowing it would be frozen, sliced into thousands of pieces, and photographed millimeter by millimeter — would you?
That’s the thrust of the Visible Human Project, an ambitious plan to photograph cross sections of human cadavers for digital analysis and virtualization.The project began in the 1990s with one donated male body and one donated female body.The man was a convicted felon executed by lethal injection.
The woman was an anonymous housewife who died of a heart attack. Her body was donated by her husband.That was the status of the project until a third participant literally walked into the room.Susan Potter, the subject of an extensive new profile in National Geographic, was a surprise late entrant into the Visible Human Project.the U.S. National Library of Medicine facilitated the program. It was supposed to wrap up with just the original male and female cadavers photographed in 1994 and 1995.