Monday 22 June 2009

Catherine Mohr : : Fascinating ....... but not for the squeamish

Marking the dawn of interventionist surgery Catherine Mohr begins her talk about Surgery's past, present and robotic future. She introduces the history of surgery which is now recognized as having begun up to 15,000 years ago with Trepanation, although she adds the history of science can't yet clarify if the practice was much as medical or ritual, except that there's firm evidence in recovered skulls that patients survived the procedure and went on to live longer lives.

Catherine Mohr then refers to surgery's pre-painkiller, pre-antiseptic past, then demos some of the newest tools for surgery through tiny incisions, performed using nimble robot hands..

With the recent emergence of the Robotic Da Vinci Wrist, surgery now enters a new age of interventionist surgical procedures, using robots to make surgery safer and to go places where human wrists and eyes simply can't. Although not quite Tron, yet it now seems to be just around the corner, virtually speaking, that is.
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