Is Robotic Surgery All Hype and No Substance?

I am unable to contain myself for another minute. Let’s talk about robotic surgery.

This is from How Stuff Works, a Discovery Company, but it could have been written by the makers of the surgical robot:

“Most surgeries require nearly a dozen people in the room. As with all automation, surgical robots will eventually eliminate the need for some personnel.”

This is another example of a “straw man.” [Establish a false premise and defeat it with your argument.] Just about all operations require five people—surgeon, assistant, scrub nurse, circulating nurse, anesthesiologist. Some complex procedures might require another assistant. A dozen people might be needed for separation of Siamese twins or bilateral leg transplants.

Read more: http://skepticalscalpel.blogspot.com/2011/07/is-robotic-surgery-all-hype-and-no.html

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