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[Perspectives] Other voices, other rooms

02 Nov 2019

Being Human, the new permanent gallery at the Wellcome Collection, London, UK, self-consciously promotes a broader perspective than its predecessor Medicine Now. Although the Transparent Woman still stands at the entrance, the plaque warns that while its aim is anatomical education, “such figures can also reinforce ideas about what is ‘normal’”, and that there is “no scope in a single model to represent differences”. For that matter, there's not enough space in a single, albeit large, room to explore “what it means to be human in the 21st century”, although Being Human tries by separating its exhibits into four categories: genetics, minds and bodies, infection, and environmental breakdown.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet