From pumpkins to sheep and Victorian artifacts, healthcare is innovating simulations that are just real enough.

Nowhere are the benefits of simulation better felt than in the field of medicine, where the cost of turning an ill-prepared rookie loose on the real thing are prohibitive. Here Mike McCrae traces the evolution of medical simulation, and recalls the horrors of his own experiences as a virtual vampire sucking synthetic blood from primitive rubber veins just a few decades ago.

Words: Mike McCrae

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