Casually Printing Out 3D Organs
People are often surprised to learn that things like this are incredibly rare. Yet Grey’s Anatomy has acted like this sort of thing is commonplace. It is due to this show (among others) that people come to doctors with unrealistic expectations. Doctors have come out against one huge issue this show has been causing. Which is the idea that one can just print off 3D organs. This happened after Dr. Meredith Grey attempted to print a newborn baby a 3D heart. Just so you’re aware, this wasn’t a thing we could really do. Especially not with any sort of high accuracy. Plus, it would have made more sense to use specific parts from a cow or even a pig to help in cases like this. After this episode aired, some went to their doctors asking for a 3D liver, kidney, and other organs.
We cannot do this. It is true that we have prosthetic limbs and have used 3D printers to make some of those products, that is very different from internal organs. We have never been able to copy and create a fully functioning organ. The issue here too is that Grey’s Anatomy producers aren’t helping things. They claim their show is helping people diagnose themselves, their kids, their friends, etc. Thus resulting in pushing their doctors on certain things. The problem here is that those without proper medical training do not really understand how to diagnose themselves beyond the average stuff. Therefore, people are asking for things they do not need and we’re creating a culture of Hypochondriacs and Munchausen syndrome/Munchausen syndrome by proxy cases.