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[Perspectives] Reframing surgical simulation: the textile body as metaphor

What we see is shaped by what we look for and what we expect to find. Surgeons come to the operating theatre after years of learning about anatomy and disease. From their perspective, surgery is about individual patients who come to the operating theatre with diseased or injured organs. Medical training starts with anatomy, physiology, and pathology and that’s how we build up our understanding of the body. The physical skills of surgery are acquired gradually too, through apprenticeship as a member of a surgical team.