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Five thousand years of minimal access surgery: 1850 to 1990: Technological developments

Hargest, Rachel 2021. Five thousand years of minimal access surgery: 1850 to 1990: Technological developments. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 114 (1) , pp. 19-29. 10.1177/0141076820967918

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This is the second of a three-part series that charts the history of minimal access surgery from antiquity to current times. Although rapid developments in laparoscopic and robotic surgery have transformed surgical care over the last 30 years, our predecessors made significant advances in their time which set the principles for modern practice. Part I of this series described how ancient medical practitioners developed simple instruments, from metal or wood, for viewing body cavities. Improvements in the use of metal, glass and lighting allowed for inspection of deeper parts of the body. This second part of the series will show how advances in electrical technology allowed the development of improved lighting for endoscopy and laparoscopy along with the use of electrocautery for a wide range of therapeutic procedures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0141-0768
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 September 2021
Date of Acceptance: 1 October 2020
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2021 10:43

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