January 4, 2013

The Scariest Way to Give Kids Medicine

Matt Novak, Pacific Standard


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Going to the doctor can be a pretty scary experience—especially for kids. So back in 1963, inventor Robert L. Smeton had an idea: why don’t we encase hypodermic syringes with cuddly animals so that children will be less afraid of getting their shots? Smeton filed for a patent in 1963 and U.S. patent number 3,299,891 was approved four years later.

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TAGGED: Children, Vaccines, Medicine, History

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