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November 17, 1962

Microsurgery Can Be Telecast

JAMA. 1962;182(7):54. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050460126027

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Microsurgery techniques now can be taught to a greater number of doctors through the use of a new closed-circuit television microscope system. The method was previewed Nov. 1 when science reporters watched ear surgery at the New York Polyclinic Medical School and Hospital.

While an overall view of the operating room was provided on one television screen, two other large screen monitors showed what the surgeon himself saw through his operation microscope as he performed surgery inside the patient's middle ear. As he worked, he explained his moves, answering questions through a twoway microphone hook-up. The same method would be used with a class of doctors.

The closed-circuit television system employs a television camera that weighs only a pound and a quarter. It has a diameter of one and a half inches and is only ten inches long. The monitors take a cable hook-up, and the field of vision, depth