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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Just for fun: Surgical tools

Norm Barker of Johns Hopkins specializes in photo-microscopy.  His work appears in books and museums.  For some reason, I find this photograph of miniature surgical tools fascinating and beautiful.


These surgical micro-burrs are used in everything from dentistry to neurosurgery. Each tip is highly specialized, made of high-quality stainless steel or titanium, and many of them have a diamond crust. Using these tools, surgeons can cut, clean, shape, smooth and carve even the hardest human bones. 

Norm Barker

You can see a few other examples of his work on this Scientific American slide show.

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