If You Have a Hammer (or a Robot), The Whole World is a Nail, The Law of Instrument

Samir Johna

  • Samir Johna Clinical Professor of Surgery Bernard Tyson Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine & Loma Linda University School of Medicine California, USA


Abraham H. Maslow popular “hammer” is used with slight modification as a title in this viewpoint and the following write up elaborates on it in context of surgical practice.1 The world we live in is changing faster than ever before. What was considered “science fiction” a few years back, is now our reality- a transformation at its best. Surgical research and practice are no exception. While some of the advances made are of proven and measurable value, when appropriately applied, many others are controversial. A case in point is robotic surgery………………..

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