Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
The Visible Human Project by the National Library of Medicine created a data set of a "digital human." Each point of the body became a number in a three-dimensional space. The potential of the data set is enormous. If manipulated by a computer in an interactive way, it can represent an electronic cadaver that can be dissected infinite times in infinite ways. It can also make us go "inside" the human body and look at structures in ways that were never thought possible. However, the computer necessary to perform all these feats has not made it to our desktops yet.
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