Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Minimal access surgery using the video laparoscope has become widespread
in general surgery. However, the path to its adoption was not smooth and not
without profound impact on general surgery. Surgeons and
the Scope is the fifth volume in a Cornell University series on technology
and work. The author is a sociologist who used interviews of practitioners,
observations of videoscopic procedures, and archival materials to describe
the interplay of forces in medicine and surgery and other factors that led
to surgeons' development and control of laparoscopic surgery. The book is
written as a sociological case study of the impact of technology on work and
is a solid contribution to the sociology of occupations and professions. Moreover,
those other than sociologists should also find it an interesting and insightful
account of the development and impact of "scope" technology.
Gibbs J. Surgery, Technology. JAMA. 2004;291(12):1507-1508. doi:10.1001/jama.291.12.1507