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Revealing Medical Mysteries

Did you know that optical fibers can be woven into bandages to help monitor wounds?

Seventh Grade students explored advancements in medicine during their trip to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring. The museum, established during the Civil War in 1862, is designed to inspire curiosity and promote the understanding of medicine - past, present and future - with a focus on the Armed Forces.

Students learned about the process of plastination to preserve organs, developed by Gunther von Hagens in 1977, innovations in surgical repair techniques like facial reconstructions and much more. They had an opportunity to explore the exhibits, complete an exploration guide, listen to presentations and ask questions. To learn more about the museum visit: www.medicalmuseum.mil.

Students also enjoyed lunch at Brookside Gardens, where they were able to walk around the park and explore the beautiful grounds and gardens.