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Vivatape  
  Perfectly seals cuts also helps through-skin implants heal.  

"Now we'll just crimp it around the edges. Keep this vivatape around the rim of the cage for a couple of days until things grow together. There's not much chance of its pulling apart unless you strain your arm suddenly but you ought to be safe..."

As they walked into the street, the Customs Officer flexed his shoulder. "You know they claim it should make absolutely no difference." He made a face. "My fingers feel funny. Do you think he might have bruised a nerve?"

"I doubt it," Dr. T'mwarba said, "but you will if you keep twisting like that. You'll pull the vivatape loose. Let's go eat."

From Babel-17, by Samuel R. Delany.
Published by Ace Books in 1966
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Compare to the dermal spray from Dr. Futurity (1960) by Philip K. Dick. Take a look at his article about wound closure from Star Trek and this tissue bonding video.

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