The Man and Health pavilion is part of the thematic complex located in the Cité du Havre, between the Habitat and the Labyrinth. Nearby there is a station of the Expo-Express, called the Habitat station.
The hexagonal shape of the pavilion has resulted in a convenient layout, which allows the public to move freely around the building. You can stop whenever you like, for a ten-minute or an hour-long visit.
In the centre of the pavilion is a studio with six trays. Around this theatre-like "core" are five rooms, each of which contains elements to illustrate several important health issues.
This pavilion is in itself a presentation of the
of mental and physical health.
physical health. Methods of healing and prevention are explained.
of healing and prevention. You
the state of health of contemporary man
and see the hopes that are
and the hopes that are allowed to him.
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on the theme of Man and Health, expresses
expresses the progress of medicine and its
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You can start your visit in the
the centre of the hexagon. In order to explain
In order to make some of the problems of present-day medicine and future surgery as clear as possible, actors dramatise them before your eyes by taking on the roles of specialists, doctors, nurses and other people in the art. In twenty minutes, they give you an overview of techniques that can be used to prolong active life: the artificial heart-lung, the artificial kidney, the use of radioactive isotopes to study organ function, brain surgery, etc. The presentations are made in such a way that everyone can immediately grasp the essential points. Details that cannot be demonstrated on stage are projected in colour on screens.
Outside the theatre, you can see a wide variety of illustrations on the walls, consisting of photographs, light panels, display cases, slide screens and many other means of representation that give a new dimension to medical science.
In the peripheral rooms, the visitor becomes aware of health problems in various parts of the world. They see the importance of the biological environment and the extent to which factors such as air, water and food are essential for health. Other factors (accidents, high blood pressure and cancer) are still of great concern to specialists. If they wish, visitors will have the opportunity to test their reactions to emotional stress and see the effect on their own heart rate, breathing and other physiological functions.
The visitor is also introduced to the Medical Team, the army of specialists who work to improve human health and prolong life. He will recognise among them people who have contributed through their research and experience to the progress of medical science. The major problems that the team is studying and the work they are doing around the world are also illustrated.
In addition, the knowledge and training required of specialists in their own disciplines and the importance of medical studies in general are highlighted. The visitor can test his or her knowledge in this area with the help of sophisticated electronic machines. Unusual illustrations of the organs of the human body, as well as light and transparent reproductions of the male and female body, reveal phenomena whose existence is usually unsuspected.
Student nurses practise the tasks required in a modern infirmary with electronic devices that facilitate observation.
Adaptive functions, the physiological tolerance of human mechanisms to a rapidly changing environment, the application of nuclear energy to therapeutics and research in general are all ideas developed in the peripheral zone.
The conclusion is that medicine must adapt to man in all circumstances; whether he is sailing in space or exploring the depths of the oceans, it must not lose sight of him. Moreover, without health, one quickly loses the will to live. Health is both a personal and a collective problem, and is of interest to everyone.
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