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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Revitalizer Console.  
  A kind of automated medical marvel; it optimizes your body chemistry for better health, tops off your fluids, etc.  

In the future described by Millennium it appears that humans are not doing very well as a result of many factors. Wars, poor ecological practices, and other events have weakened the human genome.

It would have been easier if I'd allowed myself to sleep plugged in. But you start doing that and before you know it you're plugged into more things than you want, so I didn't. I kept the revitalizer console on the other side of the room and forced myself to make that long walk every morning.

Ten meters.

Then the go-juice reached my heart and limbs. The sludge I use for blood was being replaced by something that's half fluorocarbons and half Mountain Dew. I guarantee it'll get the sleepy dust out of your eyes.

From Millenium, by John Varley.
Published by Berkley Books in 1983
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Revitalizer consoles are not used to extend life past its normal boundaries; these measures are needed to eke out a reasonable life at all.

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