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[A] California dentist, Dr Robert L Smeton of Twenty-Nine Palms, has tried to make treatment less scary for children. His 1967 patent pictures a hypodermic syringe that looks like a rabbit. When pulled out, the rabbit's tail proves really to be a stick with a cotton swab. The dentist deadens pain in the child's gum by applying local anesthetic with the bunny tail. After he injects the medication, the dentist removes the needle, inserts a new swab, cleans up the rabbit and presents it to the young patient as a reward for being good. (Figure 2.7)



A large and benevolent-looking teddy bear dominates an examination table in a Long Island chiropractor's office. Dr Anthony D Valente of Copiague has found that the stuffed animal for which he was granted a design patent removes children's fears. The bear can sit up or lie face down. If teeth are to be checked, the youngster uses the upright bear as a backrest. And if the spine is to be examined, the bear is prostrate with the child on top.

Stacy V Jones, Inventions Necessity Is Not The Mother Of, 1973

This is another of those times I really wish I had to make this stuff up.

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chiller
Oct. 16th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
Presumably they're handing out hypodermics shaped like Esther Rantzen at methodone clinics in our inner cities.
moleintheground
Oct. 16th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC)
All... hope... gone. Must... hold... together.
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