State of the art technology still depends on human hands

I can't agree more with this recent advert by Smith and Nephew the medical device manufacturer. Medical technology is ever advancing, however the skill of the surgeon remains paramount. Clinical decision making, correct use of technology and technique, and complication management still lie in the hands and experience of the surgeon. A machine can never replace the sanctity of the doctor patient relationship and the ultimate responsibility that a surgeon must feel for their patients welfare. 

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Posted on November 11, 2013 .