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One day. Few at most. In most modern countries death reports are passed to government agency on daily basis. Clerk responsible for them would be surprised that there are none in his area. He will notice sudden drop, and 0 in one category. At least some clerks would call their counterparts in adjacent areas to chit-chat about this impossible coincidence, and,...


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If you have European blood in you, are aged between 19 and 45 and are physically fit, the chances of you being brought down by the plague would be very little. Read this Scientific American article for details. Also this livescience article states that the pandemic altered the genes of European people. The Europeans who survived the plague developed ...


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This is actually pretty straightforward. The toxin is targeted at a critical organ or function, and the "antidote" is not actually an antidote, but rather provides the same effect as the now-missing organ. A simple example would be a toxin which comprehensively destroys the Islets of Langerhans, while the "antidote" is insulin. A slightly less common case ...


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There are three forms of the plague, bubonic (famously from fleas), septicemic (as much from other infected people, like those with bubonic plague) and pneumonic (also from other infected people). If you're going to catch the plague, catch bubonic plague, the others will kill you within 24/36 hours respectively. With bubonic plague you actually have a ...


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She would likely need a full round of vaccinations, just like everyone else in the modern world. If anything modern sanitary conditions would be less likely to spread diseases to her. I would personally be more concerned about her starting new outbreaks of diseases here that had been effectively eradicated and are no longer generally vaccinated against. ...


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There are many, many diseases that require 'maintenance drugs': Heart disease Requires beta blockers, diuretics, statins for cholesterol management. Risk of death due to heart attack or stroke is elevated, but not predictable - but if you take beta blockers and then stop them abruptly, then the results can be very serious. Diabetes Requires insulin ...


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What about Decompression Sickness? Joe could be kept in a prison kept at a high air pressure - both the toxin and the antidote against the effects of ambient air pressure - (needs not be underwater, even though divers in real world are most aware of this). Joe could be unconscious while his prison is being pressurized, and he will never be the wiser: it won'...


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I'm not sure if this one meets your rules or not: Instead of a poison/antidote, how about something addictive with lethal withdrawal symptoms? (Note that there are things close to this in the pharmacy--once your body adapts to them if you suddenly take them away it can't adjust fast enough and you might die.)


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This kind of culture is not unheard of. The most well known (at least to me) is the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea. As part of their funerary rights they eat the brains of the deceased. This tradition led to Kuru, an endemic degenerative brain disease. If this tradition were more wide spread there are ways it could (health wise) work and ways it would ...


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Mermaids perform surgery like this: The patient is laid out on a table with the body part to be operated on at the highest point. A transparent sea shell is then lowered over the target area. Clean air, brought from the surface in shells, is released under the shell until the entire area is "dry". This prevents the blood from clouding the water above the ...


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Smoking. This was the plot of a science fiction story back in one of the pulps during (I estimate) the early 60s. In this case, the organism is a slow-multiplying pneumococcus bacterium which itself is essentially a minute partly-magical parasite which is stimulated by excess levels of fire magic, which obviously appear in the bodies of the Fire nation. ...


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Art Imitates Life Lucky for you, the implantation (or rather reimplantation) of endocrine glands is already a thing. During parathyroidectomy, it is common practice to perform autotransplantation of a portion of the hyperactive tissue. This is usually done in the muscle tissue of the neck or forearm. This is a whopping big parathyroid, much larger than ...


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Within 24-48 hours you'd start feeling the effects of skin conditions from unchecked staphylococci and the like, such as eczema and erythrodermatitis. It is difficult to come up with a hard, reliable source for infection progression since instantaneous immune collapse isn't really a thing. However, ex novo infection can have an incubation as short as 96 ...


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Severed molecular bonds should reattach even more quickly due to Van der Waals interactions. I doubt there would even be enough of a wound for a drop of blood to leak out. Am I wrong? I think you may be partly wrong. Your scenario holds if there is no transversal force in the area being cut, for very slow cuts and specific parts of the body. In general, ...


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The ability to live for extremely long times without death generally implies the ability to heal from most damage. Given a long enough time, even humans can remove most minor scars. Animals like Lizards, Spiders, and Starfish all regrow lost limbs. The same goes for Psychological trauma, to some extent. Over time, people cope. Some people don't get PTSD ...


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Assuming no inhalation and it is just their back that is burned it is completely possible for them to survive especially with care, some form of care is importance as the victim will not be moving around much. By care I mean someone to clean the victim, change bandages, and feed the victim. Likewise scar tissue that extensive will hinder mobility even after ...


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Convince everybody the plague is spread by rats. You know what causes the plague. It's caused by fleas carried by infected rodents, or by inhaling pathogens exhaled by infected individuals. The most effective way you have of surviving the plague is making sure that everybody else in the world knows this as well. Try to convince them that you have authentic ...


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The Scenario is UNLIKELY As the query stands edited & clarified: Your character should actually be in relatively good shape when her friends reach her! She will almost certainly survive, no RL, no magical herbs needed. Rationale: The wound you describe is entirely superficial. A slash across the abdomen that does not enter the peritoneal cavity has ...


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Necator americanus (Hookworm) and latrines. Up until the early 1900s, people in the Southern United States would just go #2 by going out to the field and squatting. The problem is that there are parasites, namely hookworm, that can crawl out of old poo and reinfect people by burrowing into their feet when they go out to the same area, to poop again or maybe ...


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Looking at the history of penicillin, the time traveller in question would need to be familiar with identifying their bacterial cultures. A lot of those bacteria are hard to identify, especially because optics and lens production in Europe did not take off for a while, with the first microscope appearing in 1595. Unless this person is really interested in ...


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Scurvy from Lind's A treatise on the scurvy. The following relation is no less curious. A sailor in the Greenland ships was so over- run and disabled with the scurvy, that his companions put him into a boat, and sent him on shore ; leaving him there to perish, without the least expediation of a recovery. The poor wretch had quite lost the ...


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People in the old days treated burns all the time. Just as now, the outcome depends on the amount of skin burned, the area burned and the health of the patient. I am a big fan of Ambroise Pare, "the father of surgery". He lived from 1510 to 1590. from http://jameslindlibrary.org/wp-data/uploads/2016/08/J-R-Soc-Med-2015-11-Donaldson-457-61.pdf I then ...


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Leaving biology entirely aside, it depends how much resistance the blade faces. If it faces no resistance at all, which is sometimes how monomolecular weapons are portrayed, then that's because (by whatever means) it's not interacting at all with the body, so how can it do any damage? This is more of a "neutrino blade" than a monomolecular blade, so it's ...


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Why would magic not solve it? They have a technological or magical time travel device which allows them to reverse time a few minutes, to undo the injury by avoiding it in the first place. They have a super-strong precognition sense which allows them to see injury coming, and avoid it - which is how/why they are long lived. In a magic enough world, maybe ...


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Checking Wikipedia, it seems that creating penicillin from the right kind of fungus/mold should be possible for your joe everybody, provided he had slightly above average knowledge about the mechanism, and was willing to first convince a few alchemists, and second spend a lot of time doing the research which fungus, where to get and how to grow it, and ...


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Go to Poland, Milan or the Basque region. This is the map of the spread of the Black Death according to Wikipedia. As you can see, these 3 regions are just about the only areas that the plague wasn't as widespread. There were also some minor villages in alpine regions that had less infections, but those are harder to find and get to. The only concern is ...


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There's a vaccine, get vaccinated: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00041848.htm


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There's a reason that monomolecular blades are the stuff of science fiction: we know of no way to forge a molecule strong enough to function as a blade. The strongest molecules we could make, or even imagine how to make, would bend or break upon impact with a macroscopic body. In Ringworld, by Larry Niven, the monomelucular blades are surrounded by a stasis ...


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Depends on the veterinarian--same with doctors. Like a Podiatrist or Oncologist might not have SURGICAL SKILL at all. They might leave that to someone else. It's not like TV. A veterinary doctor is far more likely to have more flexible skills, actually, unless they specialize in something like reptiles or birds. Stitching and cleaning a wound: Both vets ...


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