For centuries, medical students have learned anatomy and surgical techniques on cadavers. This is fine, aside from one tiny problem: They’re dead.
“Cadavers are perfect for gross anatomy training, and it’s very common for physicians to learn how to do things on cadaver parts,” explains Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver, a synthetic cadaver company selling models that pump blood and breathe. But operating on a cadaver differs from the reality of operating on someone who reacts to the incisions or treatment. That’s why Sakezles’s SynDavers provide a different kind of training altogether.
“The endgame of all this is actually to replace a live patient,” he says.
With cadavers, everything is grey and flaccid. While better than nothing, they are not the same as a live person, and not don’t look like the illustrations in anatomy textbooks. Or so I heard from my resident doctor who is no longer a resident. Then there’s the stench of the cadaver lab, OMG.