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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

Bacteria-Destroying Radiation  
  A special beam that created a sterile field for operations.  

Now he began arranging his instruments on a portable worktable. As the last of the cold-pack was drained off by the suction tendrils, Parsons flicked on a high-frequency field and placed the potentials on each side of the cube. The terminals hummed and glowed as the field warmed. Now the inert body was within a zone of bacteria-destroying radiation.
Technovelgy from Dr. Futurity, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1960
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Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation is a sterilization method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet light to destroy micro-organisms. UV has been known to have these properties since the turn of the century (19th, that is).

This alternate cover for the novel shows off the instrument case of future physicians:


(Alternate cover for Dr. Futurity)

Compare to the black bag from The Little Black Bag, by C.M. Kornbluth, published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1950.

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