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"We [science fiction writers] always wanted to believe in "private sector" space -- hucksters make better characters than a government does."
- Larry Niven

Surgical Hand  
  A specialized robotic hand used for surgery.  

And now the simulacra, here on the spot, were beginning to operate; one administered a local anesthetic while the other, utilizing a complex surgical hand, began to cut into the dermal wall of the injured man's abdominal cavity.
From Clans of the Alphane Moon, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1964
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Dick describes the robot surgeon-hand in great detail in his 1955 story War Veteran.

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