The Terrifying Anatomical Models Doctors Practice On

There’s only so much that can be learned from books before a student requires real, practical experience. For medical and biology students, this often involves working with three dimensional models of the human body.

Early historical examples were usually female and modelled to resemble the goddess Venus. Modern examples sometimes feature removable parts which allow medical students to practice examination and surgical procedures.

Whether mythical figures or modern 3D printed models – there is something fascinatingly creepy about these creations. Take a look at some of the most terrifying examples.

18th century European model with movable mouth and jaw
Florida-based SynDaver Labs, is a company that creates, designs and builds synthetic human tissues and bodies.
A carved glass German model of the eye.
A mid-19th century wax specimen by Joseph Towne, at the Gordon Museum, Kings College, London.
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Selection of dental training models.
Paediatric model HAL is among the most advanced medical models. He can bleed, cry, sweat, change temperature and respond to medication.
19th century example of a dental phantom – a term still used today.
Transparent infant model for neonatal radiography research and training.
Nasal Endoscope Demo model
Trauma intubation head model.
The Mr Hurt Head Trauma model is cast from an actual victim of a road accident.
Laryngoscopy model from the 1960s.