Questions tagged [medicine]

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How do I manage disease risk while time traveling?

Time travel works...just invented, by you. The tests prove it! Now for the human tests. It works by poking the residual timey-wimey weebley-woobley stuff just enough for you to move yourself and ...
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Could a modern times time traveler produce an antibiotic in medieval times?

Joe Everybody, a modern day man with average knowledge (high school and Wikipedia) in biology, medicine and chemistry, wakes up in an medieval city. He sees a lot of sick people and remembers about ...
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How long would it take until we realise that people stopped dying from natural causes?

This would only comprise death by natural causes, no accidents, suicides, homicides etc. As Wikipedia says: A death by natural causes is one that is primarily attributed to an illness or an ...
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If I went back in time, how could I handle being among the Black Death and survive?

In the near future time I invent time travel. But when perfecting it, something goes wrong and I'm transported back to the time and place of the Black Death. I wasn't prepared for this, and try as I ...
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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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How would a person with modern knowledge of chemistry and medicine fare in Ancient times?

You were born in Rome, when the Roman Republic was still in power. Your father is an upper middle class merchant and you are (or will be) the sole inheritor of his wealth. One day, a ...
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Would ritual cannibalism of the dead lead to issues with disease?

Assume you have a culture that eats some or all of their dead at the funeral as a ritual, instead of burying the dead as we do. Assume somewhere between medieval and renaissance level of technology/...
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Will a modern time traveler survive diseases of the past?

Joe Schmo is your average college graduate who is suddenly transported back to medieval times, without time to prepare. From there the stories, and questions on this site, are all about how he can use ...
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Mosquito protection for an ancient rainforest civilization?

This is one of a series of questions also discussing floating farms and city buiding. There is an early Iron Age civilization spread out along the riverbanks of an enormous tropical river (think ...
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Will this approach work for a time traveler to recreate penicillin?

This question is closely related to, but more specific, than the question/comment that inspired it: Could a modern times time traveler produce an antibiotic in medieval times?. Imagine a person is ...
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How do mermaids perform major surgical procedure underwater?

Suppose the mermaids share similar intelligent and technology with us, they also practise performing surgical operation like we do in hospital. Negate the issue of negligent during the operation the ...
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Everyday accomodations for autistic people in a world where Autism is extremely common [closed]

Related, but not a duplicate. Imagine a version of modern or slightly into the future earth in which it is quite common to be born on the autism spectrum. There are still plenty of neurotypical ...
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Only Three Books: Restarting Medicine in 1801

Famines have dropped the population to 1 billion and global civilization has collapsed. In an effort to save future civilization some time, you want to provide some information to kick start ...
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Procedure for bionic eye surgery

So there's this guy called Joel who suffers from a case of bad luck. You see, Joel was just minding his own business (in a war zone) when a grenade decided to introduce itself to his face (we all have ...
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How can a shapeshifted jaguar perform a blood transfusion on a dying person? [closed]

(I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. My assumptions below are based on reading Wikipedia, so they are very likely to be incorrect. ;) Any corrections are welcome.) So there's this woman who ...
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Can somebody live being carried a long distance by a flying, predatory creature?

In my story, I plan on having one of my main characters lifted off the ground by a dragon-like creature and carried a couple miles away. Of course the plan involves them surviving the encounter ...
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How would crutches and walkers for centaurs work?

In the world I'm constructing, I have equine centaurs. I was going over my research and my notes for centaurs, and I realized that most horses are put down when they break a leg. Now, these centaurs ...
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Mass disease prevention: The feasibility of airborne vaccines

The Scenario: A technologically advanced mother culture wants to manage mass outbreaks of virulent disease in its technologically regressed colonies, who are inclined to resist most of what the mother ...
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Is there a realistic path from antibiotic resistance to pandemic?

By using antibiotics too frequently, some argue, we're setting the world up for a pandemic that we cannot treat. Every time an antibiotic substance is used, the bacteria that survive reproduce. Every ...
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Medicine under water

In an answer to this question Cyrus suggested that pre-technology merpeople might use shrimp or prawns in lue of maggots to eat away rotting flesh. Similar to how plants and (in some cases) animals ...
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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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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 long can a person survive solely on his own raw excrement and urine? [closed]

The subject is a healthy male in his twenty, weight is 60kg in the nude and 1.75m tall, he has been fasting for a week and I gave him 1.5 litre of distilled water and fed him 500g of potatoes before ...