In 1986, Philip Mouret and his colleagues performed the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy. They initiated the most revolutionary change in traditional surgery, since the introduction of anaesthesia, asepsis, antibiotics and blood-transfusion. At the same time, industry propelled this development by constantly introducing superior and more sophisticated equipment, as well as by organizing training-courses. The use of pre-existing and/or non-existing openings in the human body for both diagnostic examination and therapy has always been a matter of technological feasibilities. Since endoscopic surgery has rapidly become a popular alternative of traditional surgery for a high number of interventions, numerous historical papers and commentaries have been published, in which many claimed to have been the first.

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Erasmus Surgical Foundation, Ethicon Eudo-Surgery, Origin International, Auto Suture Nederland, B. Braun / Aesculap Ag, Erbe Nederland BV, Karl Storz - Endoscopic, Medeco, Sigma Medical BV, Stopler, J. van Straten-Medische Techniek
J. Jeekel (Hans)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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