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The da Vinci robot has been hailed as the future of surgery, but could it also be dangerous and even deadly? Surgeons worldwide have been won over by the huge technical progress the da Vinci system represents, but the robot also has its failings. In the United States, the number of "mishaps" has exploded in the past two years, and over 3,000 suits have been filed against the robot or the surgeon operating it. Thanks to its monopoly, Intuitive Surgical, da Vinci's American developer, continues to rake in the profits and win friends on Wall Street, but for hospitals, da Vinci is a financial nightmare. This report contrasts the robot's technological prowess with its dismal supervision system.