Unique Omsk mummy

The embalmed body stored in the anatomical museum of the Medical Academy — this year the exhibit has already turned 80 years old. Scientists still do not know the composition of which was used for mummification. One thing is clear — for those years, he was unique.

In a glass sarcophagus lies the body of an elderly man. Lying here for 80 years. It is the fruit of a unique anatomical experiment, which in 1933 had no light of science, and ordinary laboratory assistant Andrew Romodanovskiy.

This is, perhaps, the world's mummy, which has not lost in the preservation of any internal organ. The basic ingredient — the usual formalin, which the body was pumped through a small incision. And one of the known process steps.

"He endured the body for several days in the cold, where as it should be frozen out. Perhaps, there is some zest, but the literature we have not met, and the direct eyewitnesses also no ", — said Head of the Department of Human Anatomy OSMA Irina Putalova.

This is where the mystery begins. The exact recipe of a solution is the author took with him, as well as the technique of "perpetuating the" mortal body. And in fact it allowed the body to be preserved until today without restoration. Descendants remained only a unique exhibit — the main "hit" on any tour, especially for first-year students.

"All the materials they perceive as training drugs, the whole body is, after all, survived skin and subcutaneous tissue. First, they freeze with their mouths open, and then begin the questions who it is, how old it is, how it's done ", — says Irina Putalova.

And if the "how" — at the very least we can answer, then who was this man remained unknown. But among the staff of the Academy is a legend, it is at the Department, which in the name of science donated his body for a unique experiment.

Omsk scientists say — look for the answer to the Siberian mummy may be now no longer necessary. Let it be better to remain a tribute to the professionalism of the highest Andrew Romodanovskii. Today in the arsenal of scientists have a much more modern and reliable fabrication techniques of anatomical specimens, such as the method of plastination. This is when the tissues are saturated solutions of specialty polymers.

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