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Neuroinduction Field  
  Keeps the patient still without the use of cumbersome restraints or drugs.  

This is a clever way to accomplish the immobilization of the patient for a more thorough exam.

There's this praying mantis a meter long, all black with chrome trim, hanging upside down from the ceiling of the Medical cubby. ..it hovers over his face, jointed arms clicking and dipping like crazy articulated chopsticks... What's even worse is, he can't move his head. The neuroinduction field in the Med table has got him paralyzed from the neck up. He keeps wondering what would happen if the focus slipped, if that damping energy ended up pointing at his lung. At his heart.
From Starfish, by Peter Watts.
Published by Tor Books in 1999
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Special thanks to Alex Mair for pointing this one out.

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