Who should be responsible when your robotic surgeon f*cks up?

Back in 2007, a surgical robot’s arm broke off inside a patient’s body during a procedure for prostate cancer. The fracture was so bad that the urologists had to enlarge the wound to get the broken instrument out. The question now is, who’s responsible? The surgeon using the device, or the manufacturer? » 3/28/13 12:14pm 3/28/13 12:14pm

Microscopic machines could produce medicine directly inside your body

Futurists have long speculated that nanotechnology — the engineering of materials and devices at the molecular scale — will eventually revolutionize virtually every field it touches. While we're not there yet, we're reminded every once in a while of the tremendous potential that nanotechnology holds, especially when… » 6/29/12 5:00pm 6/29/12 5:00pm

A Virtual Cabinet of Beautiful and Bizarre Medical Antiques

Dr. Laurie Slater's Phisick.com was recently given an overhaul, and the results are stunning. The archive is a gorgeous repository of antique medical, surgical and dental instruments filled with pictures and insights into their use. Physick, which is a 16th century term for medicine, started with only a handful of… » 6/25/12 10:20am 6/25/12 10:20am