The pocket phantom text was first published in German before English and Japanese translations appeared. In the reprinted preface to the first (German) edition, the publisher notes that Shibata's phantoms sought to provide a portable, economical alternative to previous manikins or models for students learning obstetrics practices.
The pocket phantom consists of two movable paper baby manikins and one paper two-layer manikin of a female pelvis through which the babies can pass. The mechanisms of labor, right at the fingertips of any in-the-know medical student!
As a "Call the Midwife" fan, I couldn't help try my hand at a breech birth...
|Good thing I'm not a nurse-midwifery student!|
Did this post turn you into a fanatic for phantoms? (of the medical simulation kind...) You can make an appointment to see the Shibata text by sending me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 503-494-5587.
Further reading on simulation history:
Owen, Harry, and Marco A. Pelosi. "A historical examination of the Budin-Pinard phantom: what can contemporary obstetrics education learn from simulators of the past?." Academic Medicine 88, no. 5 (2013): 652-656.
Owen, Harry. "Early use of simulation in medical education." Simulation in Healthcare 7, no. 2 (2012): 102-116.