“This will sting a bit.”
“What will?” Automatically Ben shot out a hand to grab the doctor’s wrist.
“Just a little tetanus shot,” John said soothingly. “After all, we don’t know where that knife has been. Come on now, bite the bullet.”
He started to protest again, but Tess took his hand. The sting in his arm came, then dulled.
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A new study, though, says that squeezing someone’s hand might be more than just a morale booster.
It might actually be a painkiller.