Dewar used to preserve body parts after death, United States, 1976-1999

Made:
1976-1999 in Alabama
supplier:
V. B. Anderson Cryogenics

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Dewar used for cryonic neurosuspensions (freezing of heads) of people wishing to have their bodies or parts of their
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Dewar flask for cryogenic neuro-suspension (freezing of heads), supplied by V B Anderson Cryogenics, Division of V. B. Anderson Co., Santa Ana, California, United States, and made by Taylor-Wharton, Alabama, United States, 1976-1999. Used by people wishing to be preserved after death (see note).

A dewar is used to store liquids at very low temperatures. Liquid nitrogen was stored in this dewar at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation at temperatures of -196°C to preserve body parts, in a practice known as cryonics. Cryonics is the preservation of bodies or body parts after death. It is used by people who hope that future medical science will be able to restore them to life, and find cures for any medical conditions they may have. This dewar was made by Taylor-Wharton, a company specialising in equipment used to store liquids at very low temperatures.

Details

Category:
Biotechnology
Materials:
aluminium (metal), plastic (unidentified), steel (metal)
Identifier:
1999-782
type:
dewar flask
credit:
Alcor Life Extension Foundation
status:
Permanent collection

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