My son has always been interested in medicine from a very young age. He wanted to be a paramedic and joined St John’s Ambulance and is now an intensive care nurse. Other families went to Legoland during the school holidays but we went to the Science Museum and the Old Operating Theatre so I wasn’t surprised when he asked to go to an exhibition of anatomy for his 16th birthday. My husband, who has a delicate constitution for such things, elected to stay home and cook a birthday meal and my son and I went to the exhibition. I was very apprehensive about it because the exhibition had received lots of media attention and was very controversial because it used real human bodies. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this I wasn’t sure if it would be very good or whether I would find it disrespectful to use dead bodies in this way. All the exhibits had donated their bodies so it was consensual but… I needn’t have worried I found the exhibition awesome; it showed what an incredible machine the human body is. This book is the exhibition catalogue from the original exhibition in Germany, the one we went to was the travelling exhibition and we saw it in Brixton.