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"A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam."
- Frederik Pohl

Medical Mech  
  A medical robot designed to prevent death during emergencies.  

"[Kenebuck] whistled, and something about the size of a small dog, but made of smooth, black metal, slipped out from behind a sofa nearby and slid on an aircushion over the carpeting to their feet. Ian looked down. It was a sort of satchel with an orifice in the top from which two metallic tentacles protruded slightly.

'A medical mech', he said.

'Yes,' said Kenebuck, 'cued to respond to the heartbeats of anyone in the room with it...Even if you killed me, this could get to me in time to keep it from being permanent...'"

From Warrior, by Gordon R. Dickson.
Published by Conde Nast in 1965
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Compare this device to the autodoc from Larry Niven's 1970 novel Ringworld.

Thanks to Gatomon41 for writing in with this item.

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