Simulation in Healthcare Education

An Extensive History

  • Harry¬†Owen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Harry Owen
      Pages 3-8
    3. Harry Owen
      Pages 21-66
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Harry Owen
      Pages 255-294
    3. Harry Owen
      Pages 333-401
    4. Harry Owen
      Pages 403-416
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 451-456

About this book


Simulation in healthcare education has a long history, yet in many ways, we have been reinventing the wheel during the last 25 years. Historically, simulators have been much more than simple models, and we can still learn from aspects of simulation used hundreds of years ago. This book gives a narrative history of the development of simulators from the early 1700s to the middle of the 20th century when simulation in healthcare appeared to all but die out.  It is organized around the development of simulation in different countries and includes at the end a guide to simulators in museums and private collections throughout the world.  The aim is to increase understanding of simulation in the professional education of healthcare providers by exploring the historical context of simulators that were developed in the past, what they looked like, how they were used, and examples of simulator use that led to significant harm and an erosion of standards. The book is addressed to the healthcare simulation community and historians of medicine.  The latter in particular will appreciate the identification and use of historic sources written in Latin, German, Italian, French, Polish and Spanish as well as English.


healthcare education history of medicine medical education simulation simulators

Authors and affiliations

  • Harry¬†Owen
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MedicineFlinders University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-26575-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-26577-3
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