Six Amazing Surgical Robots In One Video

The advances in teleoperated microsurgery now include efforts to automate repetitive tasks, among other advances.


(Six robot surgeons)

The precient micro-surgery tool from Raymond Z. Gallun's 1939 short story Masson's Secret provides a peek into this technology three-quarters of a century ahead of time:

In his slender hands he held a surgical instrument he had invented. It was a marvel! There was a long steel arm or standard that could be clamped on the end of an operating table. At the end of the arm was a binocular microscope. Beneath the latter were hundreds of screw buttons. And gathered right where the microscope was focused - where a needle-point beam of intense light could be projected for illumination - there was a ring of tiny metal prongs. You turned the screws below and the prongs moved - any or all of them - in any plane or direction you could mention, and with caliper slowness, minuteness and precision. At the end of each prong was a surgical tool - blades, tweezers, probes - so fine you could just see them with the naked eye.

Micro-surgery!.. With an apparatus like that, it wasn't hard to believe that one could sort out and rejoin properly each of the countless, individual fibers of, say, a severed optic nerve.

I should also reference the robotic surgeon hand from Philip K. Dick's 1955 short story War Veteran.

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