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October 2001

This Month in Archives of Surgery

Arch Surg. 2001;136(10):1105. doi:10.1001/archsurg.136.10.1105

This month the ARCHIVES honors 24 distinguished international surgeons whose pictures appear on the cover (see Figure). Most of these individuals are familiar to all of us through their writings and discussions at major meetings, in their role as participants in the review of articles, and as members of the editorial boards of all of the important US surgical journals. We salute them!

With the introduction of robotics into medicine in 1991, many groups have applied this technologic advance to commonly performed procedures. This report from Singapore reviews their experience in a pig model. They were able to decrease set-up time substantially and, with a little practice, were able to tie, suture, dissect, clip, and cauterize as accurately and as fast as without robotics. Thus, they conclude that their initial experimentation confirmed the feasibility of robotically-assisted laparoscopic cholecystectomy.