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all doctors and dentists who have to deal with stressed and anxious patients. Scientists have been working on this problem for a while, but a young British inventor based in Somerset may have come up with the solution.
Oliver Blackwell’s device looks like the typical syringes used in hospitals and doctors’ surgeries around the country, with one crucial difference. On the front is a much smaller needle which injects a tiny amount of local anaesthetic to ease the pain of the larger needle which follows. It is essentially two injections in one – the first one, virtually pain-free, paving the way for the second one, which is rendered painless.