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Anatomy Jane and Other Anatomy Models

Updated on August 9, 2013

In Search of Models to Learn Human Anatomy

After watching the Grey's Anatomy episode, "Life During Wartime" with my daughter's they wanted to get their own Anatomy Jane Dolls. I tried to answer the question "Does Anatomy Jane Exist?"

I went searching on the Internet to see what I could find about Anatomy Jane. I found more buzzing about "Anatomy Jane" than any actual information about Anatomy Jane.

This lens is a compilation of what I could find out about Anatomy Jane.

I've also included the various different models that are currently available for learning Human Anatomy from plastic bodies and nurse training models to anatomy torsos and puzzles.

Anatomy Jane Screen Shot from YouTube

Quote about Anatomy Jane - Meredith & Derek

Meredith: Oh! Look it's Anatomy Jane.

Derek: I'll never have my office...

Meredith: And she still has her little twash.

Derek: Her what?

Meredith: Anatomy Jane had detachable organs, and I could never remember their real names, so I made up names. Like, the Twash was next to the Chubble, and that was connected to the Slivvey. Oh, and look it's the Jelly Pouch.

Derek: Jelly pouch, my favorite. Still can't get enough of the jelly pouch.

Quote from Grey's Anatomy episode, "Life During Wartime" Season 5, Episode 6

Anatomy Jane on YouTube

Meredith discovers her old Anatomy Jane.

Interest in Anatomy Jane is Evident Online

In searching for Anatomy Jane I discovered there was a lot of interest in her on the internet from parents wanting to teach their young children anatomy to medical students wanting their own Anatomy Jane for studying.

Visible Jane

Visible Woman - Most Like Anatomy Jane

The Visible Woman is the one product that is female sort of like Anatomy Jane.

This model has removable organs (which do not come colorized and need to be painted). The Visible Woman even has the optional parts to simulate pregnancy.

Visible Woman in the Amazon Spotlight

Visible Woman Kit
Visible Woman Kit

The anatomically accurate Visible Woman model represents major human body systems including skeletal, excretory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, circulatory and respiratory.

The model also includes parts to represent pregnancy.

Visible Woman is 16" tall when assembled. Organs are removable. Includes a 12-page illustrated "Introduction to Anatomy" study guide.

Some easy assembly required.

Note: Glue and paints are not included, but can be used to make the doll look even more realistic.

Age: Ages 9 & up.

 

Visible Joe

Visible Man would be an Anatomy Joe

If you want an Anatomy Joe instead of an Anatomy Jane, consider the Visible Man. This model has removable organs (which do not come colorized and need to be painted).

Visible Man in the Amazon Spotlight

Visible Man Kit
Visible Man Kit

The anatomically accurate Visible Man model represents major human body systems including skeletal, excretory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, circulatory and respiratory.

Visible Man Model is 16" tall when assembled. Organs are removable. Includes a 12-page illustrated "Introduction to Anatomy" study guide.

Some easy assembly required.

Note: Glue and paints are not included, but can be used to make the Visible Man look even more realistic.

Ages: Ages 9 & up.

 

Squishy You Explore It Human Body

Available from Amazon
Available from Amazon

Assemble a Skeleton and Learn Your Anatomy

The Squishy You Explore it Human Body model looks like a fun way for children in particular to learn anatomy.

The model includes removable squishy organs along with ways of learning the skeletal, vascular and muscular systems. It even comes with a pair of forceps and tweezers to allow squeamish children to pick up the organs without touching them.

While this kit appears to be male or an Anatomy Joe, this model is the most like the Anatomy Jane with the various organs that come out and can be put back into the model.

Squishy Human Body Model available on Amazon

Squishy Human Body - Video Clip

Watch children playing with the Squishy You Explore it Human Body from Amazon.

Smart and Squishy Lab - You Explore it

SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body
SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body

The Squishy You Explore It Human Body comes with a 12-inch plastic human body model , nine squishy removable organs, the skeletal vascular and muscular systems.

In addition there is a tray for organizing the inner organs and forceps and tweezers for those who don't want to pick up squishy organs.

Recommended ages: 8 to 12

 

Transparent Woman and Man Models

Transparent Man and Woman Models on Amazon

Similar to the Visible man and woman, the transparent man and woman comes with a clear plastic body with colored internal organs.

Kits come with soft internal organs the outer skeleton and a display base. The woman kit includes the option of creating a pregnant model.

Lindberg Transparent Woman figure model kit
Lindberg Transparent Woman figure model kit

The transparent woman model kits comes with the option to create a model of an expectant woman.

Measures 17 inches.

 
Lindberg Transparent Man figure model kit
Lindberg Transparent Man figure model kit

Includes soft interal organs that the clear plastic body.

Measures 19 inches

 
Lindberg Transparent Visible Human Body 1/6 Scale Plastic Model Kit
Lindberg Transparent Visible Human Body 1/6 Scale Plastic Model Kit

This transparent body includes the internal organs and the skeletal system.

 

Another Anatomy Doll

This one looks like it would have been more helpful for studying muscles.

Anatomy Doll from Melodi T. Royalty Free Use.

4D Anatomy Model

4D Human Anatomy Torso Model

4D Vision Human Anatomy Torso Model
4D Vision Human Anatomy Torso Model

A this doll sized human torso model contains 32 detachable hand painted parts. A good desk top educational tool.

Size: 4.5 inches

Recommended Age: Ages 8 and up.

 

Quote about Anatomy Jane - Miranda to Meredith

Miranda: Grey, is that Anatomy Jane?

Meredith: Yes.

Miranda: With the 24 removable organs and the optional parts to simulate pregnancy?

Meredith: Yes. Does that mean I'm out too?

Miranda: No, that means you're in.

Quote from Grey's Anatomy episode, "Life During Wartime" Season 5, Episode 6

Anatomy Torso Models and Puzzles

Anatomy Model - Torso

It seems that many of the Anatomy Models available for teaching children and adults are just torsos rather than the full body.

Image Source: Sophie. Anatomy Model. Royalty Free Use.

My Favorite Grey's Anatomy Quote

Admiring the struggle it takes to be human.

Thoughts on Using Anatomy Dolls vs. Anatomy Torsos for Teaching

I had some thoughts about using Anatomy Dolls or Anatomy Torsos for teaching students human anatomy.

The good teaching point in using Anatomy Dolls is that you are using the whole body to teaching about the whole person. Students learn that there is a head, face and arms attached to the body.

The downside to teaching using Anatomy Torsos is that you are teaching detachment. With the torso, there is no head, no arms or lens. The torso models allow you to distance yourself from the person being treated.

I wonder if Meredith and Miranda are compassionate surgeons, because they played with Anatomy Jane and can still see the whole person.

My Choice for Anatomy Model

Smart Lab You Explore It: Human Body Model
Smart Lab You Explore It: Human Body Model

The You Explore It Human Body Kit from Smart Lab Toys is the interactive view of the body that features a 12-inch clear plastic human body model with 9 removable squishy vital organs and 3 of the bodys systems skeletal, vascular and muscular.

The kit includes forceps, tweezers, a tray to organize the organs, and a 32-page, full-color book that explains food digestion and provides activities about the body.

Size: 12 inches

Ages: 8 - 12 years

 

Human Anatomy Models on Amazon

Anatomical Chart Co. Budget Peter/Petra Torso Model # CMT3
Anatomical Chart Co. Budget Peter/Petra Torso Model # CMT3

This model comes with 13 removable organs both Male and Female organs.

Measures 16 1/2" tall

 
Sweet Sue Torso-CFT1
Sweet Sue Torso-CFT1

Female torso with 14 removable organs.

Measures 18" tall

 

Human Anatomy Puzzle

Image by Mayoi
Image by Mayoi

Human Anatomy Puzzle by bvalium.

Used under a Creative Commons License.

Quote about Anatomy Jane - Miranda to Izzie

Miranda to Izzie complains about Meredith (and Anatomy Jane) being chosen for the tumor surgery:

Next time, you'll know to bring an ugly doll, won't you, Stevens?

Quote from Grey's Anatomy episode, "Life During Wartime" Season 5, Episode 6

Nurse Training Dolls

Anatomy Jane and Anatomy Joe

Available from China

A Nurse Training Doll - The New Anatomy Jane?

According to the website:

This model has been newly developed as a teaching aid, especially for training nurses. There is a wide range of exercises possible including both first aid and emergency situations, and standard nursing practices.

The doll has the usual internal organs so that in addition to the basic care procedures, a wide range of medical treatment procedures can be practiced.

This appears to be a life-sized manikin.

High Quality Nurse Traning Dolls - Anatomy Jane and Anatomy Joe

A supplier in China specializes in models that have been developed as a teaching aid, especially for training nurses.

Quotes about Anatomy Jane - Richard to Meredith

Richard to Meredith:

You used to run around here with that doll on the time. Took her everywhere. Cafeteria, OR gallery.

Tori's got a whole army. You didn't have anyone.

Seeing Anatomy Jane ... reminded me of how much I'm to blame for that.

You're a living reminder of every failure in my life. And that's not your fault.

And if I thought 'I'm sorry' would hold any meaning for you at all, I'd say it.

I'd say it a thousand times a day.

Quote from Grey's Anatomy episode, "Life During Wartime" Season 5, Episode 6

Anatomy Models for Children

Anatomy Apron in the Amazon Spotlight

One of my anatomy partners and I made a pattern in medical school and I sewed an anatomy apron, complete with movable organs.

Little did we know that that idea would eventually be used to create an Anatomy Apron for children.

Educational Insights Anatomy Apron
Educational Insights Anatomy Apron

Washable vinyl apron pre-printed with outlines of the internal body organs help children learn the names and locations of the heart, liver, lungs and more

Colorful cut-out organs attach with Velcro.

Ages: 5 and up

 

A Layered Body Puzzle

Beleduc Your Body - Girl 5-Layer Wooden Puzzle. Available at Amazon below.

Anatomy Puzzles on Amazon

Another good option with children is to use puzzles.

Hape Your Body 5-Layer Wooden Puzzle Boy
Hape Your Body 5-Layer Wooden Puzzle Boy

This 5 layer wooden boy puzzle comes highly recommended.

Includes layers to study the skeletal, respiratory and digestive, muscular, and integumentary/skin systems.

 
Hape Your Body 5-Layer Wooden Puzzle Girl
Hape Your Body 5-Layer Wooden Puzzle Girl

This 5 layer wooden girl puzzle comes highly recommended.

Includes layers to study the skeletal, respiratory and digestive, muscular, and integumentary/skin systems.

 

More Human Antomy Model Options

Teaching Skeletal Anatomy

Studying Skeletal Anatomy

Image Source: Melodie T. Skeleton Study 1. Royalty Free Use.

Teaching Children about Bone Anatomy

For the past three years that I've volunteered in my daughters' classroom around the time of Halloween to teach the students a bit of bone anatomy and also to be less afraid of skeletons.

I started using skeleton puzzles to enhance teaching children about bone anatomy in 2006.

So far, I have taught bone anatomy to preschool children, Kindergarteners, First, Second and Third graders.

This year I was able to use a large skeleton model that the school already had in storage.

Skeleton Floor Puzzle on Amazon

Learning Resources Skeleton Floor Puzzle
Learning Resources Skeleton Floor Puzzle

Great for playtime, this large 15-piece puzzle is 4' tall when assembled, making it life-size for kids.

Kids learn all the major bones as they assemble this unique, soft foam puzzle.

I've used this several times to teach bone anatomy to children with great success.

 

Skeleton Models on Amazon

Painted and Numbered Big Tim Skeleton Model CMS65
Painted and Numbered Big Tim Skeleton Model CMS65

Big Tim comes with half of him paitned with the muscle insertions and origins and the other half focusing on the bones.

Measures 25 1/2 inches Tall

 
Mr. Thrifty Skeleton, an anatomically accurate skeleton done in plastic
Mr. Thrifty Skeleton, an anatomically accurate skeleton done in plastic

This is an anatomically accurate plastic skeleton. It is a useful size for teaching in the classroom or in the clinic.

Measures 33 inches.

 

Does Anatomy Jane Exist?

Is there a real Anatomy Jane?

What I could find out...

Anatomy Jane was used on the Grey's Anatomy episode, "Life During Wartime." She was one of Meredith's favorite toys as a child, one possibly also use by Miranda.

I haven't been able to find out if a there is a real Anatomy Jane. If there is, the doll wasn't known as Anatomy Jane. She doesn't have any past Internet history.

I did find a website for Anatomy Jane that is promising an Anatomy Jane doll, but no details are provide about the doll and some of the information that they do have up on their website makes me suspect about the reliability of the information on their site.

The best that I could find as of December 2008 is the Visible Woman or Man. Four years after the episode and there is still no Anatomy Jane, but there are lots of other anatomy models.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 3 years ago from Northern California

      @braincell2020: Me too! Hope you found something similar. Thanks.

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      braincell2020 3 years ago

      I love this! I've always wanted an Anatomy Jane since I saw this episode. Too bad it doesn't actually exist, so it looks I'll have to settle for one of the ones you listed. Great lens!

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      UKMarkWilliam 4 years ago

      Very interesting

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      Holy Cow! We had a Visible Man like 20 years ago! (the innards never did fit - had to sort of smush him together with some rubber bands).

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 8 years ago from Northern California

      Blessings for being a winner in the Spirit of the Season Challenge.