Can you imagine thousands of cadaveric specimens in a convention hall? Of course not, and neither could the American Urological Association (AUA). Instead of using specimens, urologists at the 1994 meeting in San Francisco practiced in virtual reality (VR). Of the nearly 6,000 professional attendees, 3,500 got to practice a laparoscopic lymph node dissection procedure in VR while at the conference. Still only a crowd-drawing exhibit at medical trade shows as far as most surgeons and medical ...

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