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Questions tagged [medical]

For questions about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and injury.

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Would running a state health care/medical system with a military style hierarchy be effective? [closed]

The Hegemony has built itself on turning inefficient systems of the "old countries" into efficient ones. One of these systems would be health care and the medical industry. The Hegemon decided to ...
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The effects of a lifetime wearing an Iron mask [closed]

Man with the Iron mask In my story I have a character who is of high nobility who is forced to wear an iron mask covering his whole head to hide (unspecified) birth deformities. Other than eyeholes ...
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How much fat would need to be burned in order to shock-restart a human heart?

Imagine a device implanted inside the body which can detect when your heart has stopped and, in such a case, burns fat rapidly to generate enough energy to shock your heart into restarting, in a ...
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How long would it take for a centaur's broken leg to heal?

My fantasy world is medievalesque in technology. While healing magic exists, most centaurs do not have realistic access to it. Centaurs are your archetypal human torso, horse body. How long would it ...
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Artificially make people incapable of singing at all (even poorly), but still capable of speaking?

Magic has recently become possible in my story, and singing is the mechanism by which humans use magic. A totalitarian regime wants citizens who can speak, but not sing in any way, even poorly. (That ...
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Realistic Demonic Possession

Let's say that one day scientists discover proof of demonic possession when scanning the minds of patients with unexplained mental illness. My goal is to write a realistic scenario using current-day ...
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Non-Cancer terminal illness that can affect young (age 10-13) girls?

One of my major characters is between the ages of 10-13. She is supposed to be terminally ill and she's supposed to die at some point during the story (while still within that age range). The problem ...
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What would be the ideal crew number for this space ambulance?

Medical stations and qualified doctors are few and far between within the outer colonies while most patients can be serviced at the usual medical facility (every station is required to have one), but ...
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How to make society ravaged by random killing, prosper and remain happy?

Set in near future. Human population is at most a hundred thousand. Everyone lives in mountainous regions to escape deadly miasma. The air is infected by nanites which can cause cardiac arrest in ...
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Would life expectancy increase if we replaced healthy organs with artificial ones?

Can we increase life expectancy by replacing important organs for life such as the heart, kidneys, young blood, etc. (but not the brain)? Most organs can fail and, for the ones which we already have ...
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Ideal Time Period for a Global Pandemic

I'm trying to figure out what period of time in human history gives an influenza-like virus the best chance of exterminating 80% of human life within the span of no more than 2 years. Basically, it ...
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Which are the things like that, which have or has that effect(i. e., death or else 100% confirmed permanent paralysis for sure for life) like that? [duplicate]

I want to build a world but an element of the world is causing me problem and that element is that I need such a "thing" or a group of the "things" with which a person laces a food item of a "STRONG ...
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I need a poison that in low dose will paralyze temporarily, in high dose will kill

I’m writing a (fictional) story, and at one point the main character is temporarily paralyzed due to poison. Does anyone know of a poison that would, if taken in a very small amount or if it just ...
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Could Finger-Fencing be Fatal?

At the King's court, duels are sometimes used as a way of settling disputes. However to avoid too many injuries the king has decreed that combatants must use only one finger as a weapon. Any finger ...
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Modern implants minus painkillers [closed]

In my fantasy country, there is a tight government control over painkillers for reasons I can’t get into now. Their technology is the same as ours, if not a bit better. There are government mandated ...
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How might one go about safe amputations of wings in the Middle Ages?

I have a species that is born with small wings, that grow to be able to carry them by the magic of handwavium, but they are human in all other respects. It’s the Middle Ages, and the inquisition has ...
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How much medical information could we gather from a wrist-worn device?

Context I have been thinking about the Pip Boy device from the Fallout series of videogames. It is a portable, wearable computer that can gather a lot of data about the user. It looks like this: And ...
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Procedure for a bite from a fanged humanoid, and resulting effects

I am currently working on a story idea involving vampire-esque fanged humans, they require blood for sustenance once or twice a month, and are willing to pay. It goes through special canals, so they ...
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If a character was starved for a long period of time but was able to recover, what would the permanent side effects be?

In my book series, there is a small planet called Eaglypt. On this planet, there is a huge famine because an evil space overlord named Tate magically summoned a sandstorm that choked up the oasis (and ...
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What sounds can someone make with a blocked throat?

Fraternizing with the neighbor species led to a bit of a mix-up, and an unfortunate reaction that ended with a face (and mouth) full of this alien substance. Consistency is like a thick mucous mixed ...
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How does a human body react to increasing heat? Can it combust?

Say there's a torture technique that hangs people by metal chains (gruesome, I know; stay with me) and the room slowly heats at a steady rate. (Like boiling a frog in an increasingly hot pot of water.)...
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How could you improvise a local anaesthetic? [closed]

You're injured (e.g. from a bullet/stab wound) and alone. You can't move around much without dealing with the pain first. There isn't much time; you need to get out of here soon. You don't have any ...
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What's a type of medication that people try and overdose on, but rarely works? [closed]

I need to have a character try and kill themselves, be found latter and survive. Any ideas what drugs he would think would kill him but wouldn't actually?
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How far can an athletic older woman jump down from a tree before she breaks her bones? [closed]

I have a main character who is in her late 50s, and she's an athletic woman with no health issues, or complications. She tends to climb trees a lot, and has a tendency to jump from the branches rather ...
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Any poisons that mimic Syphilis?

In my tabletop RPG story the wife of a rich noble killed her husband. Her story is that he cheated on her and when she told him that she knew, he tried to kill her and she only defended herself. ...
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Should gender be revealed early for a healthy child? [closed]

My Keplerians are externally gender neutral for 5 years. Now genetic testing will reveal gender but they don't do routine genetic testing. Obviously if a young Keplerian goes to the doctor due to ...
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A schizophrenic Prince [closed]

I'm working on a medieval fantasy and one of the characters is a prince who is suffering from schizophrenia. My question is how would this disease present in a medieval world?
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Is there a poison that causes a temporary paralysis? [closed]

I am writing a story where characters have been dosed with a small amount of poison, with the result being a temporary paralysis. The information I need is more along the lines of possible treatment, ...
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What whould a doctor notice about a person from a 3g world given normal height/ weight

Background info During physical examination A physical examination may include checking vital signs, including temperature examination, Blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate. The healthcare ...
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Reasons for pregnancy to be difficult in long-term space travel

I am looking for medically viable reasons why we might discover it to be more difficult than expected to bring pregnancies to term in space. This is for a society based approximately 75 years in the ...
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Plausible Components for Zombie Immunization?

Thank you everyone. This was certainly not a question with a simple solution, and was far more complicated than I could've imagined. All of you provided so many amazing, insightful responses, ...
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Severe injury of a space station astronaut [closed]

Let's suppose that an astronaut on a space station is severely injured while doing plumbing work outside: a malfunction of the MMU (like in the movie "Geostorm") causes him to tumble uncontrollably, ...
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What is the plausability of biomechanical muscle mass?

So in my story, the protaganist has had an accident where most of his muscles have to be rebuilt. The medical staff do a procedure in which they give him cybernetic muscles, and I'm thinking that they ...
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Is metal grafted straight under skin possible?

/Edit : so, I would like to create character which is supposed to have some metal grafted under his skin, but by under his skin I mean straight under, like a second layer. This is supposed to be like ...
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Might a ritually cannibalistic society gain a head start or have an advantage in the study and development of the sciences?

This is largely inspired by two questions that @dsollen has asked over the past year or two. The first: Would ritual cannibalism of the dead lead to issues with disease? The second: Cultural beliefs, ...
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How long could someone with locked in syndrome survive in 1915 [closed]

Let's assume a modern for its day, 1915, hospital gets a patient with locked in syndrome: how would he fare? We will think of someone who is just locked in. This means they don't have any problem ...
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Are these technologies futuristic or are they already being used in real life? [closed]

My world is strictly FUTURE, which means technologies that we humans on real- modern day Earth have achieved are not given the spotlight. They just blend into the background. However, I don't know ...
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What would women do about periods in a medieval fantasy setting? [closed]

CN: blood. (I also don't want to upset people with gruesome descriptions - answers that stick to the clinical side of things would be appreciated.) In a medieval fantasy setting, what would women do ...
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Vaccines spreading as viruses

Sci-fi is full of examples of engineered diseases that spread as viruses and usually they are so powerful that they kill almost everyone, and the possible cure is always the slowest possible, ...
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Without modern medicine, can somebody survive a third degree burn?

The backstory of one of my characters involves being lowered onto steadily rising, open flames back first. The story is set in a dystopic/post apocalyptic time where modern technology became ...
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How would healing potions affect our medical system? [closed]

In my story, dungeon entrances have appeared all over the world (modern earth setting) telling the world to prepare for 'bad things' which will start in 5 years (that is what they are told). ...
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How to minimize risk of infection from raw meat?

Members of an intelligent alien species who have a generally current day Earth level of technology, essentially only eat raw meat freshly extracted from recently killed lifestock (and by "recently" I ...
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How good are vets as doctors?

I am toying with a scenario in a RPG where the catastrophe has happen (financial desaster, meteorite hit whatever) which has wiped out large parts of humanity and caused a complete breakdown of ...
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Poison that disappears after it kills [duplicate]

Is it possible to have a poison that disappears from the corpse? I mean, you put the poison in the target, it kills the human and some minutes later the poison disappears from the corpse so any doctor ...
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Government sanctioned birth control

The government has recently implementing a law in which you must apply to have children. To prevent unsanctioned pregnancy and illegal child births they are looking for a way to control when either ...
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Would Narcan (Naloxone) counteract the effects of an Epidural? [closed]

A heroine in the fourth of my book series must get on her feet suddenly after delivery. Would Naloxone work on an epidural as well as it works on other narcotics?
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Feasibility of ranged MRI devices

As some of you have pointed out, the only universal problem of stun guns is their "dosage", as some people may survive getting hit by a lightning bolt... seven times, others get themselves killed by ...
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Can atmospheric pressure aid in sealing a wound?

Would it be possible, in a small and controlled environment, to create an artificial atmospheric pressure that could potentially stop, or significantly slow, bleeding from a clean wound? I know that ...
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What prosthetics would be suitable for a rural aristocrat in history?

What kind of prosthetic technology would be available to a wealthy but rural aristocratic person without a leg and how would it affect their social standing? The time era is sort of pre-Elizabethan, ...
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In an apocalyptic situation, where would a person be able to find a prosthetic?

If the zombie apocalypse were to happen, in what places would a survivor be able to find an artificial leg for a person missing it.