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"[Science fiction is] anything that turns you and your social context, the social you, inside out."
- Gregory Benford

Home Therapy Appliances, Inc.  
  A store at which a variety of therapy devices are made available  

Elwood Caswell was not a well man. Fortunately, our consumer economy was ready for him.

Perspiring freely, Caswell continued down Broadway toward the 43rd Street branch of Home Therapy Appliances, Inc. His friend Magnessen would be finishing work soon, returning to his little apartment less than a block from Caswell's. How easy it would be, how pleasant, to saunter in, exchange a few words and.... No! Caswell took a deep gulp of air and reminded himself that he didn't really want to kill anyone. It was not right to kill people. The authorities would lock him up, his friends wouldn't understand, his mother would never have approved.
From Bad Medicine, by Robert Sheckley.
Published by Not known in 1956
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Home Therapy Appliances included such wondrous devices as IBM's Alcoholic Reliever, the portable Bendix Anxiety Reducer, the Denicotinizer and the Rex Regenerator - a mechanotherapist.

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