There’s a saying in medical training that goes like this: See one. Do one. Teach one.
Dr. Jaime Martinez, a neurosurgery resident at the Medical University of South Carolina, has a better idea: “You can see one, simulate many of them, do one, then teach one.”
“Simulate,” of course, constitutes the key difference between the old adage and Martinez’s philosophy. The word also sums up concisely the focus of Martinez’s recent research, which shows that 3D printed models of brains offer a cheap, highly effective training tool when it comes to teaching brain surgery.
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