You never forget the first time you hear about surgical robots. It sounds like the stuff of fantasy conjured after a late-night binge of the Sci-Fi Channel and Jetsons reruns. Then you learn more about real-life company Intuitive Surgical
Maybe you think it's a screaming buy. Maybe you think it's way overpriced. Either way, the company is a fascinating entity once you realize how its da Vinci robotic arm is popping up in hospital operating rooms everywhere.
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Intuitive Surgical has been a big winner, more than doubling over the past year, but will the good times continue? Some folks can't make up their mind. Even in Fooldom, not all Fools agree. Chuck Saletta breaks out of his value-investing mold to back this explosive growth stock, while W.D. Crotty remains bearish over Intuitive Surgical's prospects at today's prices.
Does Intuitive Surgical belong in your portfolio? That's what this week's Duel is all about.