Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances: Laparoscopy

20 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2019

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Amar Bhide

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Caitlin N. Bowler

Harvard Business School

Srikant Datar

Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit

Date Written: July 22, 2019

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 contributions of gynecologists in France and Germany in the 1960; 2) development of female sterilization and infertility treatments (that used laparoscopes) in Britain in the 1970s; 3) transformation of gall bladder removal surgery in the US in the late 1980s, which set the stage for other “minimally invasive” surgical procedures and, 4) geographic dissemination of these procedures.

Suggested Citation

Bhide, Amar and Bowler, Caitlin and Datar, Srikant, Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances: Laparoscopy (July 22, 2019). Harvard Business School Accounting & 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

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Caitlin Bowler

Harvard Business School ( email )

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Srikant Datar (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit ( email )

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Boston, MA 02163
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