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In this age of computed tomographic scans, ultrasound, and nuclear magnetic resonance, medical technology grows more exciting, if more complex and expensive, each day.
Thus it is easy to overlook the growing sophistication and importance of a less exotic instrument like the endoscope. At the recent Digestive Disease Week (DDW) meetings in Chicago, a large number of plenary- and poster-session presentations and commercial exhibits coalesced into a fascinating documentation of the current significance and promise of this device.
In his 20 years as director of the program of gastroenterology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, John F. Morrissey, MD, says he has observed endoscopy's growth from a struggling young technique practiced with comparatively primitive endoscopes to a precise and highly valued procedure based on technologically superb equipment. Today, endoscopes and endoscopists are in the midst of an extension from observation to manipulation and from diagnosis to therapy. In
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