The History of Medical Manikins

manikinThroughout history, there have always been two technologies that have developed faster than others. Those are of course the technologies of war, and of medicine. Though sometimes opposed and other times hand-in-hand, more time and energy have gone into getting these types of tech as far advanced as possible. For our interests, we’ll be looking at the medical side of this technological advancement. Specifically, the use of medical manikins in medical training.

Obviously, a subject is only as good as people can be trained in it. This is one of the reason that mysticism and the like remain esoteric and out of the general public eye. It’s impossible to teach someone how to work with it. So medical training techniques are very important. Training good doctors can’t be dependent upon some natural bent or inherent gift. It must be teachable.

So medical manikins were a way of getting people familiar with the human body and its systems. The started off as wax models of the human form, and various internals. Organs, bones, etc all were molded in clay or wax and colored so that medical students could see and (to a degree) feel these parts. After all, there wasn’t always a fresh cadaver around to work with.

Nowadays, these manikins are state-of-the-art. They are made from materials that not only mimic the human body in color, but also in texture. They vary, with some designed only for a specific use and therefore only containing certain parts of the body, like a CPR manikin or a birthing manikin, while others are full-blown replicas of the complete human anatomy and all of its systems. They yet remain an invaluable tool in the training of medical doctors and are found in all levels of medical training.