Questions tagged [medicine]

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Would it be possible to give a person a localized/concentrated seizure?

So, my main character has to fight a group of old friends with have all gone, extremely rogue. They are wreaking havoc like never seen before, and they need to be stopped. He wants to stop them, but ...
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How to deal with “menstruation” during the post apocalypse? [closed]

So, there is a post apocalypse, a nuclear one, that destroys most modern day infrastructure, along with factories that produce, ummm, “female hygiene products”. The technology of the world has gone ...
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Maintaining a hospital after the apocalypse?

Centuries after the apocalypse, this humanitarian group, called O.R.E, (Organization Rebuilding Earth), is running a hospital out in a place called Des (Former Des Moines). They’ll help anyone who ...
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Preventing a Suggestibility Drug from taking over the Story?

I've been developing a species of fungus which creates a variety of drugs with hallucinogenic and increased suggestibility properties. The most useful strain of this particular fungi species can be ...
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Changing hospital procedures to accommodate a Shapeshifting Patient

What would happen if the following happened in a hospital. (Assume that this is the real world, where magic shouldn't exist.) A patient in the ER, who was admitted for poisoning, turned into an ...
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Can you use VR on comatose patients to let them dream?

I have this sci-fi story concept where patients in a comatose state can have their brains stimulated with VR. For instance, the VR can be a dream "game" that helps the patient process trauma. I can ...
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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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A cure, a vaccine, and one tricky disease

FINAL UPDATE: Thank you for your amazing points and answers, everyone! I mixed up all your ideas and posted the final answer as a community wiki. So, I'm developing a bacterial infection where the ...
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How long would it take until we realise that suddenly nobody can conceive a child regularly?

Some time ago I asked: "How long would it take until we realise that people stopped dying from natural causes?" I today realized that similar but much more interesting (and more realistic...) ...
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Alternative options to change sex-based characteristics in a non-modern world setting?

This question has received a major rewrite and restructuring but is still the same original question. Please see this meta-post, where I asked for advice on how to refocus this question. While I have ...
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Would there be any bacterial illness aboard a generation-ship? [closed]

Okay, so I know that severe, life-threatening illness such as rabies which has a 100% chance of death without treatment and Ebola which has a 50% chance of death would not be allowed because that ...
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How would nanobots, once digested, make the neural connections in the user's brain that are needed to learn facts?

Due to advances and growth in science, math, history, literature, and other subjects typically taught in schools (K-12), the standard curriculum takes too long to complete, not mentioning post-...
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Would time travelling to the present be lethal to a person from the 1200s?

John Smith is a time traveller from the year 2018, he goes back in time to the year 1200 and in the process falls in love with a woman of that era. He doesn't want to abandon her so he decides to ...
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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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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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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 industrial civilizations contacting each other for the first time protect themselves from diseases?

In a world big enough for human civilizations as knowledgeable about medicine as ours to develop without contacting each other, how could they initiate that contact without exposing each other to ...
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Can I keep a person unconscious for a long time? [closed]

Is there a reliable and, at least, relatively safe way to keep a person unconscious for a period of at least a year(more would be better)? It doesn't really matter whether the individual is comatose ...
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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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Where to put a tracking implant? [duplicate]

A small device, the size of a grain of rice, is implanted in a number of individuals to track their movement. These individuals are usually compliant but being tracked is also not exactly in their ...
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Long lifespans and risk aversion [closed]

Suppose in all types of medicine will be sufficiently advanced to enable very long life spans (many thousands of years +). I imagine that a cure for pretty much all diseases, disorders and morbidities ...
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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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Does oxygen have the power to heal people? [closed]

I have come to notice that oxygen is used in medicine (hyperbaric chamber) to support fast recovery of bone's fractures, wounds and even cancer. Moreover, according some studies and publications ...
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Did we screw the evolution cycle with modern medicine? [closed]

Just to start I'm gonna clarify that I'm not a sadist or anything like that. My question is plain and simple. Did we screw the evolution cycle with modern medicine? This is not only important for our ...
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What would be the possible source of a drug that creates a shared mass hallucination ending up in creating a new god? [closed]

I've been thinking about structuring a cult that brews or harvests a liquid drug. That drug is then sealed in jugs and shipped to cities. The drug gives a sense of complete relaxation but also leads ...
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What's the stealthiest way to knock someone out? [closed]

A sneaky character needs to incapacitate someone. It's a sensitive situation, so this must be done quickly, quietly, and reliably. The target is a healthy human adult. Killing the target is highly ...
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How long would the orcs take to mutate from humans?

The orcs in my world are humans/dwarves that have been exposed to an airborne mutagen that permanently denatures the myostatin receptors in their skeletal muscles. This stops their muscles from ...
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transferring consciousness from one person to another person? [closed]

Is the transferring of "consciousness" from one person to another person is possible if a brain transplantation is possible ? Is it possible to pick memories from the brain by using EEG?
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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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Is making the skin transparent a realistic idea or is it clarketech?

Imagine a gel that could be injected into ones bloodstream, making the skin practically transparent, allowing doctors to see the blood cells. Is this plausible or is it magitech or clarketech?
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How long would a flap of cut off skin last?

So, bit of a weird question here, but let's just say someone has a clan tattoo on their cheek and it was cut off, would the flap of skin last if it was just then sealed in a box? If so, then how long ...
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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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Where realistically could somebody be stabbed and heal without modern medicine?

Assuming we are in post-apocalyptic wilderness where herbs are readily available for treatment, would it be feasible for someone to be stabbed with a knife and not only survive but heal enough to keep ...
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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 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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A world without bacteria

According to a recent paper from the university of Edinburgh, the ground of Mars contains a lot of perchlorate, which combined with the high level of ultraviolet radiation, makes a very bacteria ...
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How might a roughly medieval healer detect lead levels in blood?

Like an idiot, I made a medieval-inspired setting without magic, and now a significant plot point means that I need a healer to diagnose rapidly increasing levels of lead in the queen's body without ...
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What kind of leg injury would slow someone down without crippling them too much? [closed]

In my horror story, there's a scene where a serial killer, a man in his early 20s with an average build, is chasing down a young girl around the age of 10. The girl is supposed to escape from the ...
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Can a human be used as a living bee hive or ant hill?

My question is: Can a human be used as a living ant hill or bee hive, e.g. have insects living inside themselves under the premise that they (the human) are completely immobilized? "Living hill or ...
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Is Poison Resistance Over Time with Anti-Toxin Possible?

I've got in-world poisons, often with real-world analogues (like belladonna) but in building the social structure of the back-stabbing nobility, I began looking at poison resistances and antidotes. ...
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Pre-industrial Carnivorous Medicine?

Prior to the invention of synthetic medicines, most methods of curing disease lay in plant matter; for example, opiates. Now, let's say I have a species of carnivorous cat people. Being based on cats, ...
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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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How might an ancient culture have discovered germ theory?

In the real world, the germ theory of disease was only discovered in the 1800s, preceded by the theory of miasma and the four humors. Is there any way a civilization could have stumbled on this ...
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Create a disease that can easily be cured by adopting a custom from another culture

I have a world with nations with culture/magic tied to each element. The Fire Nation was in the middle of invading the Earth nation when a disease starts to spread rapidly through their nation ...
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How would a medieval doctor identify a poison that was administered through a cut?

How would a medieval doctor identify a poison that was administered through a cut? Is it strictly by symptoms? If the implement is produced, would that help in identifying the poison? The story is ...
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If vaccines had never been invented, how many more people would have died of disease? [closed]

The first vaccine, for smallpox, was introduced in 1796. The World Health Organization reports that over a fifteen-year period, the measles vaccine alone prevented 17.1 million deaths. They also ...
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Without regular interaction, what time of year would diseases spread? [closed]

Before all the kiddies swapped germs habitually every fall/winter and in turn spread it to their families who carried it to work, what season or time of year was the most common for the spread of ...
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Can we have a world where bacteriophages are the main treatment of bacterial infection?

In Georgia (Soviet Union) bacteriophages are used to to cure bacterial infection. In this video one can see how they are produced. So it might be possible in an alternate timeline, that Paul Ehrlich ...
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Is amputation a feasible solution in the zombie apocalypse?

There have been a lot of questions about zombie bites on this site. From making it lethal to allowing for an amputation cure. But we have not discussed the primary issue of this line of questioning is ...