Started in 1986, Think Surgical, Inc. developed, along with IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center and researchers at the University of California, Davis, the Robodoc surgical system, an innovation which enabled precision in joint replacement procedures. In 1992, it was used for the first time on a human patient.
The collection documents the development of ROBODOC, the first robot to perform surgery in the United States, through correspondence, memos, newsclippings, press releases, drawings, photographs, and some audiovisual materials.
Records of Think Surgical, Inc., 1983-2014, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves