autodoc n.

a system providing automated medical care

  • 1965 L. Niven World of Ptavvs in Worlds of Tomorrow Mar. 48/2 page image Larry Niven bibliography

    ‘Say, how come I rate a human doctor, anyway?’ ‘What happened to you isn’t programmed into the autodocs.’

  • 1966 L. Niven Warriors in Worlds of If Feb. 155/2 page image Larry Niven bibliography

    To each patient Doctor Davis handed a tiny pink pill from the dispenser slot of the huge autodoc which covered the back wall of the infirmary.

  • 1979 A. D. Foster Alien v. 106 page image Alan Dean Foster bibliography

    We have to get him into the infirmary where the autodoc can work on him.

  • 1983 M. Wheeler Life on the Tether in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 39/2 page image Mark Wheeler bibliography

    The autodoc kept informing us that we were pregnant, although it wouldn’t tell us any more.

  • 1992 J. Varley Steel Beach xiii. 226 page image John Varley bibliography

    I’d been told it would sustain him for eight hours independently, indefinitely when hooked into an autodoc.

  • 2002 S. Lee Scout’s Progress xxviii. 227 page image bibliography

    Fellow on Outyard Five toppled into the mechanics. Autodoc mended the worst, but his heart failed him.

  • 2006 N. Asher Polity Agent i. 20 Neal Asher bibliography

    When no pain became evident, he opened his eyes to observe the tangle of limbs and implements on the underside of a pedestal autodoc, just as it swung aside.

  • 2015 M. Kupari Her Brother’s Keeper 252 Mike Kupari bibliography

    For a nominal (exorbitant) fee, a sick or injured spacer could be treated by an autodoc. (For the kind of money they were asking, Catherine thought, they could at least offer a human doctor.)

Research requirements

antedating 1966

Earliest cite

Larry Niven, in Worlds of Tomorrow

Research History
Suggested by Ben Ostrowsky, who also submitted most of the cites.

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