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Medical News & Perspectives
October 22/29, 2003

Fake Worlds Offer Real Medicine

JAMA. 2003;290(16):2107-2112. doi:10.1001/jama.290.16.2107

One September day in 1999, as Stephanie Wall traveled down a Colorado highway to begin her freshman year at a university in Denver, her life took a dramatic detour. A passing car swerved into her lane, forcing her off the freeway. Her SUV rolled over, leaving Wall with severe injuries.

Two months later, upon release from the intensive care unit of a Denver hospital, she returned home to San Diego to begin the painful process of physical rehabilitation and multiple surgeries. Her body was on the way to recovery, but she was now terrified to drive.