Alexander Wood (physician)  

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Alexander Wood FRSE, FRCPE (1817–1884), was a Scottish physician from Edinburgh who in 1853 invented the first hypodermic needle that used a true syringe and hollow needle.

There is a story in circulation that Wood's wife, Rebecca Massey, was the first known intravenous morphine addict and died of an overdose delivered by her husband's invention, however, Richard Davenport-Hines states that, "It is a myth: she outlived him, and survived until 1894."

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