Virtual Labs and Real Scientists:
Can Virtual Labs Produce Real Scientists?
In Vivo Labs
Drs Ebeigbe and Omogbai show effectively the problems plaguing departments of basic sciences in the Third World setting. Lack of equipment and facilities is paramount. However, there is usually more access to clinical material. Is there any way one can combine these elements into learning meaningful physiology/pharmacology. Can one not use patients with bronchial asthma to illustrate repiratory mechanics and follow patients to study the effects of pharmacological treatments? The problem with virtual labs in those settings (Computer-Aided Instruction) is that these are being continuously upgraded and the countries investing in them may find themselves on an expanding spiral of investment which they may not afford.
Tue Dec 15