Saturday, September 15, 2007

museum of the brain

This museum in Lima, Peru has a very unique collection: thousands of preserved diseased human brains!

Visitors can see brains of persons felled by AIDS , Alzheimers, clots, heart attacks and a myriad of tumours.

The museum is the proud owner of a brain that died of Creutzfeld-Jacob disease, the human variant of "mad cow," which results in progressive dementia and loss of muscle control.

Also on exhibit: the brains of people who died of trichinosis, the most common brain disease in Peru, caused by eating undercooked meat, usually pork.

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