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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Hypo Arm  
  A robotic arm used to autonomously deliver pharmaceuticals to patients.  

...the padded arms slipped across his bunk, pinning him down securely. He watched the panel slip back in the wall next to him and the hypo arm slide through, moving erratically like a snake as its metal fingers sought him out. They touched his ankle and the serpent's tooth of the needle snapped free. The last thing he saw was the needle slipping into his vein, then the drug blacked him out.
From Simulated Trainer, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Fantastic Universe in 1958
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Some sort of automated robotic "arm" or other sort of probe will be necessary for autonomous medical devices like the Trauma Pod Battlefield Medical Treatment System.

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