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Spray-on Surgical Gloves  
  Effective glove for surgeons that is skin tight.  

The only trouble with this as an actual product for use in surgical suites would be proper application. What if you misssed a spot?

We double-timed it down the corridors. Past the operating theater I had woken up in, or one like it. I caught a glimpse of figures gathered around the surgery platform, the autosurgeon moving spiderlike above them. We were a dozen paces further along when someone stepped into the corridor behind us.

"Just a moment." The voice was cultured, almost leisurely, but it brought the medics and Jerry up short. We turned to face a tall, blue-smocked figure wearing bloodstained spray-on surgical gloves and a mask, which he now unpinned with one fastidious thumb and forefinger.

From Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan.
Published by Del Rey in 2003
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There really is such a thing as "liquid gloves." They are heavy ointments that remain on the hands for a long time and can protect against corrosive chemicals.

Compare, if you like, these almost entirely dissimilar items: the hinged mittens (for space suits) from The Bluff of the Hawk (1932) by Anthony Gilmore, the spray-on gloves from Abercrombie Station (1952) by Jack Vance, the karatand from Stand on Zanzibar (1968) by John Brunner and the sand trout glove from Children of Dune (1976) by Frank Herbert.

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