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Blind alleys and dead ends: researching innovation in late 20th century surgery

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Title: Blind alleys and dead ends: researching innovation in late 20th century surgery
Authors: Palfreyman, H
Kneebone, RL
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: This article examines the fortunes of one particular surgical innovation in the treatment of gallstones in the late 20th century; the percutaneous cholecystolithotomy (PCCL). This was an experimental procedure which was trialled and developed in the early days of minimally invasive surgery and one which fairly rapidly fell out of favour. Using diverse research methods from textual analysis to oral history to re-enactment, the authors explore the rise and fall of the PCCL demonstrating that such apparent failures are as crucial a part of innovation histories as the triumphs and have much light to shed on the development of surgery more generally.
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2018
Date of Acceptance: 29-Nov-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/56273
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/medhum-2016-011176
ISSN: 1473-4265
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Start Page: 165
End Page: 171
Journal / Book Title: Medical Humanities
Volume: 44
Copyright Statement: © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted. This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt and build upon this work, for commercial use, provided the original work is properly cited. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Sponsor/Funder: Wellcome Trust
Wellcome Trust
Funder's Grant Number: 095998/Z/11/Z
099868/Z/12/Z
Keywords: Arts & Humanities
Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Arts & Humanities - Other Topics
history
surgery
performance
PERCUTANEOUS CHOLECYSTOLITHOTOMY
LAPAROSCOPIC CHOLECYSTECTOMY
GALLSTONE RECURRENCE
EXTRACTION TECHNIQUE
HISTORY
NEPHROLITHOTOMY
EXPERIENCE
MANAGEMENT
MEDICINE
1199 Other Medical And Health Sciences
2201 Applied Ethics
2202 History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields
General Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-01-05
Appears in Collections:Department of Surgery and Cancer