A United Kingdom manufacturer of anatomical models in Redhill, Surrey, is selling more skeletons than ever before.
GV EXT Factory building
MV INT Man drilling out pelvis (2 shots
MV Bone taken from store bin
CU PAN Jaws fitted to skull
MV Nostrils drilled into skull
CU Girl painting colour sections on skull interior
MV ZOOM INTO CU Girl screwing arm onto skeleton
MV PAN Finger and jaw actions tested on skeleton
MV Skeleton packed into case
MV EXT Man walks out carrying skeleton
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Background: A United Kingdom manufacturer of anatomical models in Redhill, Surrey, is selling more skeletons than ever before.
SYNOPSIS: Much of the increased business is the direct result of perhaps the most macabre of perhaps the most macabre shortage to hit world markets in recent years -- the shortage of human bones. For an unspecified reason the Indian government has stopped the export of skeletons. A trickle of bones is rumoured to come from some other countries, but India has always supplied the bulk. The opening of new medical schools in developing countries has also swollen world demand for human bones and led to the production of plastic skeletons.
The Redhill company has produced what it calls the "Bouncing Brain". It's a flexible rubber model which depicts the various areas of the human brain. In fact, the durable nature of plastic skeletons has made them much more popular with medical students than the real thing. A plastic jaw bone costs about three pounds sterling (about 5.5 U.S. dollars). The whole skeleton can cost between 85 and 200 pounds sterling (between 155 and 364 U.S. dollars). This compares with abut 135 pounds sterling (about 246 U.S. dollars) for a human bone one. All that's left for the manufactures to do is to find a way to make the skeletons walk, so there's ne need to pack them any more.