Robots play a critical -- and growing -- role in modern medicine, from training the next generation of doctors, dentists, and nurses, to comforting and protecting elderly patients in the early stages of dementia. Using robots, medical professionals can make smaller incisions for shorter surgeries, reducing hospital stays and improving patients' prognoses and saving costs. As robots become even smaller and developers continue to further integrate the devices with artificial intelligence, the medi
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While they are learning to clean teeth, mount crowns, or drill for fillings, dental students can chip away without causing pain using Simroid robot-based patients. Fellow students pursuing careers as physicians and surgeons also are tapping families of robots, ranging from faux pregnant women to elderly men needing knee replacements, to hone their craft on "patients" always willing and able to endure another round of surgery. Developed at theNippon Medical School, Simroid robots "feel" pain and react if touched inappropriately on the chest when a dental student reaches for an instrument.