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Books, Journals, New Media
March 24/31, 2004

Surgery, Technology

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;291(12):1507-1508. doi:10.1001/jama.291.12.1507

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.