Clinical Notebook| Volume 36, ISSUE 4, P340-343, July 2010

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The Crystal Chalice: Investigating the Source of Fiberoptic Science

Published:November 27, 2009DOI:
      Devices using the technology of fiberoptics, from the direct visual laryngoscope to the flexible endoscope, all share a common light source; nevertheless, throughout their daily use in clinical areas, to even consider excluding the knowledge of focused illumination would be unimaginable. Endoscopes for medical examinations were widely manufactured in Tuttlingen, Germany, by Karl Storz in the 1940s ; however, the more agile digital equipment together with a variety of synthetic materials only appeared within the past 20 years following the birth of fiberoptics—the vanguard in the dawn of robotic surgery.
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      Keith Stephens-Borg is Operating Department Anaesthetic Practitioner, North Devon District Hospital, North Devon, England.