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Questions tagged [medical]

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

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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 disappear after kill [duplicate]

¿Is possible to have a posion that disappear from the corpse? I mean, you put the poison in the target, it kill the human and some minutes later the poison disappear from the corpse so any doctor is ...
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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.
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Would this fracture treatment work? [closed]

Robin in my story came across an injured monkey. This monkey has a broken leg. Lisa's family is taking care of the fracture. Lisa's mom has X ray vision so she can properly align the bones without ...
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Is blood pressure a good restriction?

I'm researching who to let onto my generational ships. I have figured that certain pre-existig inheritable medical conditions should be screened out of who makes the cut or not, focusing on ...
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Effect of sustained high G enviroments on the human body?

Tau Ceti e is possibly a good candidate for colonisation as it has a yellow dwarf sun like earth. But it's mass is estimated as >4.30 ± 2.1 of earth. (See Wiki) I remember from a documentary that the ...
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Is it much easier to make entire human population to have blood type O than type AB? [closed]

Not all human blood are equal thanks to the antigens that prefer to strap themselves onto surfaces of cells. They are like a signal flare to inform soldiers whether target is friendly or not, most of ...
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Possible Side Effects of Resurrection on Skeletal Structure

What medical problems might a resurrected person have that would be annoying but not completely debilitating, focusing on the joints and bones specifically? Yes, this is a magic world, but I want to ...
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EKG, worried about merging

My humanoids have 2 hearts that are about 5 inches apart in the chest(this is to make room for the 2 aortas to minimize turbulent flow). However on an EKG, the rhythm of the right heart and the rhythm ...
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Would a venom vaccine work?

I have heard of antivenom naturally being produced in honey badgers(they are able to sleep off the venom). My humanoids also naturally produce antivenom as antibodies. But here is the thing. Even with ...
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Astronaut magnetic “gravity” injections

Would it be possible to somehow inject astronauts cells with safe amounts of magnetic metals, or use some sort of magnetic properties, to hold them down to a space station floor with magnets?
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surgery: save mother or baby? [closed]

At some point in the story of my game, a pregnant woman gets into an accident or suffers from a disease or whatever (choose what fits most) and lands in the hospital. The woman, barely conscious, has ...
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If an overabundance of L. Salivarious created a new auto-immune disease, what symptoms would it cause?

In the overly sterile environment my characters live in, the AIs supplement probiotics with food servings for the humans. Let's say one type of gut flora went extinct. The AIs are trying to fix the ...
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What substance could stop a magnetic field? [closed]

I've seen in TV shows with an MRI machine that the characters are behind a glass screen, with things like computers and metal things in there. Is this something that actually blocks the magnetic field ...
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Can a person survives being skinned and submerged in oxygen rich blood tank with breathing apparatus?

I'm writing a horror story whereby a mad doctor skins a man and toss him into a tank filled with compatible human blood, there is a breathing tube inserts into the mouth and a pump to bubble oxygen in ...