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Cornell Real Estate Review

Abstract

Distance is dead. On September 7, 2001 Professor Jacques Marescaux, M.D. of the European Institute of Telesurgery and Dr. Michel Gagner performed the first transatlantic telesurgery from a downtown New York office building on a woman in France using remote-controlled surgical arms. The surgery was made possible by high-speed fiber optic connections and advanced robotics that reduced a distance of 4,000 miles to less than 200 milliseconds. Specialized surgeons now routinely perform remote surgeries at hospitals around the world.

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