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Invited Critique
December 1, 2007

Postoperative Robotic Telerounding—Invited Critique

Arch Surg. 2007;142(12):1181. doi:10.1001/archsurg.142.12.1181

We hold these truths to be self-evident: the attending surgeon must see the patients every day after surgery; he or she must look at the wound, handle the vitals board, look in the patients' eyes, and touch them on the shoulder; the attending surgeon must administer the healing touch.

Turns out it may all be wrong.

What a startling and delightful study! This follow-up study to one performed several years ago on a smaller group of patients again resulted in the surprising finding that patients do not mind being seen by robots instead of by their attending physician. In fact, they prefer to be seen by a robot when the other option is a physician who is not their own.

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