|For a number of years,
medical specialists performed endoscopy procedures to examine cavities
and joints in the human body. The development of the medical endoscope
was advanced greatly with the advent of fiberoptic light transmission.
Light fibers surrounded the optical lens system of the original
endoscope to allow enhanced illumination of an examination or operative
site that had previously been poorly illuminated by small lamps
at the end of the endoscope. The benefit to the patient in a medical
context parallels the benefit to a sail yacht in that both disciplines
want to see as much as they can through as small an orifice as possible.
A small opening in the patient means less pain and faster healing,
while the small opening in the sailboat insures the structural design
integrity that is necessary boat. A large open incision in a patient
is similar to a viewing window in the hull of the sailboat. Both
are inexpensive, but both present limited and less than optimal
solutions to the inherent problem each circumstance presents.