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Emergency Treatment Tank (Chamber)  
  A fully enclosed regeneration device.  

It happens to agents all the time; there is a lot of wear and tear on missions.

...And the picture of the tall, gray-haired man... grew slowly through the telepath transmitter into the mind of the small, wiry shape - half restored and covered with irregular patches of new pink skin - in the ship's Emergency Treatment Chamber.

"Back in the tank again, eh?" the Co-ordinator observed critically. "For the second day after a mission, you don't look too bad."

From Agent of Vega, by James Schmitz.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1949
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Here's another quote, with a slightly different term:

"I like these little extra jobs I get whenever you think of me... After the last two of them, as I recall it," he continued pointedly, "I turned in my final mission report from the emergency treatment tank of my ship..."

And another quote:

However, it wasn't the first time he'd seen a Zone Agent check in from the Emergency Treatment Chamber of his ship, completely enclosed in a block of semisolid protective gel, through which he was being molded, rayed, dosed, drenched, shocked, nourished and psychoed back to health and sanity.

Compare to the regeneration tank from Contagion (1950) by Katherine MacLean, the Gobathian from Time is the Simplest Thing (1961) by Clifford Simak, the surgical homeostatic unit from Now Wait For Last Year (1966) by Philip K. Dick, the autodoc from The Warriors (1966) by Larry Niven, the diagnostat from The Man in the Maze (1969) by Robert Silverberg, electronic body analyzer from The Andromeda Strain (1969) by Michael Crichton, the crechepod from The Godmakers (1972) by Frank Herbert and the autosurgeon from Altered Carbon (2003) by Richard Morgan.

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