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January 24, 1996

Female Cybercadaver Goes On-line; Male Counterpart Gets a Workout

JAMA. 1996;275(4):269-270. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530280019007

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ONE YEAR after his debut on the Internet, the Visible Human Male met more than his match when the Visible Human Female was unveiled at the 81st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago, Ill.

Her debut marked the completion of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Visible Human Project and showed how rapidly the technology used to create these cyberspace cadavers is advancing.

The Visible Human Male and Female are databases consisting of billions of bytes of data that represent thousands of images of two human cadavers. The images were created using radiological and photographic techniques developed at the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Center for Human Simulation, Denver (JAMA. 1995;273:273-275). Clinicians, researchers, educators, and other users can download the virtual cadavers from the Internet.

Even though her partner had a good head start, the Visible Human Female already is outshining