Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances: Laparoscopy

20 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2019 Last revised: 9 Jun 2021

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Amar Bhide

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Caitlin N. Bowler

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Srikant Datar

Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit

Date Written: May 15, 2021

Abstract

We describe how operations through laparoscopes – tubular instruments inserted into abdominal cavities – revolutionized gynecological and other surgeries inside the abdomen such as gall bladder removal. Specifically, we chronicle the: 1) foundational technologies and procedures for laparoscopy developed by gynecologists from the 1940s through the 1970s. 2) extension of laparoscopy to gallbladder removal in the late 1980s, 3) adoption of the technique in the 1990s.

Suggested Citation

Bhide, Amar and Bowler, Caitlin and Datar, Srikant, Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances: Laparoscopy (May 15, 2021). Harvard Business School Accounting & Management Unit Working Paper No. 20-008, Harvard Business School General Management Unit Working Paper No. 20-008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3429278 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3429278

Amar Bhide

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

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Caitlin Bowler

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

Srikant Datar (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit ( email )

Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-495-6543 (Phone)
617-496-7363 (Fax)

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