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Mr. ‘Body Worlds’ Announces He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Posted Dec 31 2010 3:50pm

When Gail and I shuffle off this mortal coil, we both have little cards in our wallets that mean we will be trundled off to a nearby lab in Glen Burnie where our remains will be parceled out as part of the “Anatomic Gifts Registry.”  That means we’ll be used for study, to look at how the ravages of age and disease have affected our mortal remains…

I’ve written before that I kinda hope I get snapped up by this Gunther von Hagens fella so I can be incorporated into his “Body Worlds” exhibit.  My choice would be to be seated at a diner table, eternally feasting on a plasticized cheeseburger.  And, if my fantasy plays out as I hope, folks who knew me in life will walk by the exhibit, nudge each other and whisper, “Say, doesn’t that look a little like BILL?”

Well, turns out von Hagens and I have something in common.  We both have Parkinson’ s, and we’re both Drama Queens.

In a lengthy address to his employees at the Plastinarium in Guben, Dr. von Hagens disclosed for the first time, what his family and inner circle have known for two years – that the scientist who brought human health and anatomy into the public sphere with his BODY WORLDS exhibitions has been grappling with a degenerative disease. “This disease has led me to an existential bewilderment. According to my research the average duration of the disease and disability is about nine years. Since I was diagnosed two years ago, I can realistically expect seven active working years before I become totally incapacitated,” he told the assembly.

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