Germany's 'Dr. Death' sells body parts
After years of creating controversy with his "plasticised" dead bodies, a publicity-hungry German anatomist dubbed "Doctor Death" went one step further on Friday, offering body parts for sale.
Gunther von Hagens said in a statement however that buyers of the human parts had to be "qualified users such as doctors, professors, teaching institutes and hospitals."
In a process invented by Hagens, the body parts are skinned and preserved with a synthetic resin, laying bare the naked muscles, nerves and tendons underneath.
Dubbed the "Supermarket of Death" by the Bild daily, the centre in Guben, eastern Germany sells items such as a blackened smoker's lung for 3,600 euros (4,475 dollars), while a testicle costs 360 euros.
Hagens is no stranger to controversy and his many critics accuse him of deliberately shocking people in order to gain publicity, rather than furthering science as he claims.
In 2002 he conducted Britain's first public autopsy in 170 years despite the risk of arrest. Last year he put on an exhibition in Berlin showing dead bodies having sex.
© 2010 AFP