Medicine: Rubber Phantom

Only careful dissection of cadavers can give medical students a practical knowledge of anatomy. But the dynamics of muscle stretching and joint bending can never be learned from dead men. Last week at the Boston meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, Drs. Gustave J. Noback and Irving Rehman of New York University told of an artificial corpse they are now molding from rubber.

Spongy rubber organs are cast in molds made "by spraying liquid rubber "like whitewash" on human organs. Bundles of rubber bands are used for muscle fibres. Supple rubber phantoms, said...

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