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Research of less-than-desirable topics (wounds, wound complications, etc.)

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  • #128473
    Crazywriter
    @crazywriter

    @the-inkspiller

    i agree with you that it should be researched! Although not by the faint of heart. There are reasons for their war crimes & cruelty because their were very much indoctrinated by the culture they lived in, however it still is terrible(not that you are saying it wasn’t). From my research, however, the Japanese did hosts of unnecessary war crimes, that had no reasonable explanation other than cruelty, partly because Jey viewed their prisoners as weak because they allowed themselves to be captured.

    A couple things sparked my interest in reading up on it,  and the biggest was watching Unbroken, which, though the cruelty was terrible never really affected me in a personal way, and I thought it was a ‘war thing.’ However in my research I stumbled across accounts of the Rape of Nanking, as that battle is popularly called, and, my heart wept. That was unreasonable, unnecessary, and inhuman.

    But that’s cool you come from a Japanese background! Three of my siblings stayed in China for a number of years, and met some really neat Japanese people. Perhaps you could fill me in on some more of your research?

    #128478
    Crazywriter
    @crazywriter

    And it’s not like Japan is isolated in the area of war crimes, as you said previously the Germans, and along with them the English, Spanish, Russians, and Americans all have terrible crimes done in their name. It’s not isolated to a people, it’s a mankind issue as were all sinners. So yeah, Japan isn’t alone

    #128498
    The Inkspiller
    @the-inkspiller

    @crazywriter Lol – no I’m not Japanese, I’m Chinese. From what I understand, Japan in WWII is simply not something that is discussed in Japan these days. It’s not openly spoken of as a point of pride. And yes – the Japanese are hardly special in the realm of human brutality. We are all fallen creatures, all equally capable of inhuman cruelty given the right circumstances and a convenient target.

    I probably won’t be around much for the next three days (and possibly more) – I’ll be slammed with work – but I would love to discuss history. I’m sure you can fill in a lot of the gaps in the breadth and inconsistent depth of my historical knowledge. Plus it’s just fun to talk about (insofar as war crimes can be “fun”).

    Non nobis Domine, sed nomini, Tuo da gloriam.

    #130244
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    Hi @the-inkspiller ! Just wanted to check if you saw my last post. I’m kind of stuck until I get that plot point worked out.

    Btw, I love your quote! It’s Latin, an awesome quote, and a historical reference, three awesome things in one!

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #132044
    Skylarynn
    @skylarynn

    @the-inkspiller

    How would a broken tibia and/or fibula be treated with medieval medicine?  (They were broken from being stuck under a great weight)

    "Remember, you go nowhere by accident. Wherever you go, God is sending you." - Rev. Peter R. Hale

    #132316
    The Inkspiller
    @the-inkspiller

    @rose-colored-fancy

    I have seen your previous question, I just haven’t found time to answer questions until very very recently. I.e., today.

    And in summary – you are a scary person, and the reason this thread exists. 🙂

    Yes, a bandage soaked in the poison would be an effective means of delivering it, assuming it has a non-porous exterior, so that the poisonous solution is trapped against the skin / wound and can’t evaporate into the air. This is exactly how medicated bandages work in hospitals. Poison can accumulate in your body just as any medicine or toxic substance can, and build up over time to lethal levels.

    As for preventing the closure of the wound… just smearing some poo on the blade or mixing it into the bandage could cause a nasty infection in the wound that will definitely keep it from healing, and the doctors’ attention will be fixated on all the colorful discharge and rank odor coming out of the stab.

     

    And thank you! Henry V is frankly inspirational, even if his speech may or may not be entirely Shakespeare’s imagination – the Bard knew how to write a monologue for sure.

    Non nobis Domine, sed nomini, Tuo da gloriam.

    #132321
    The Inkspiller
    @the-inkspiller

    @skylarynn

    Aha, a nice, simple question. 🙂

    The basic principles of treating bone breaks have changed little over the millennia. Doctors then as now knew to immobilize the limb with splints or a cast and apply traction to give the bone break adequate space to heal the break and generate new bone tissue, and knew of herbs in their era which could be applied or ingested to reduce inflammation and manage pain. A poultice of henbane and hemlock was commonly used as a treatment for arthritis, and would probably be of utility in managing pain and inflammation in a broken bone. Willow bark is famously known as the natural progenitor of aspirin, and would help reduce pain and fever, but has minimal effect on inflammation. Cloves may also be helpful here, and they were known to be an effective pain-reliever for toothaches in particular, in addition to tasting good.

    However, most of the healing falls upon the patient to simply wait until the bone fixes itself.

    So, you crushed his legs, didya? Been there, done that. @deep-run (I’m sorry Alois, you deserved better).

    It depends on the greatness of the weight. Something like an anvil or being run over by a cart (<200lbs) would be a bad injury, but the break would probably be in no more than 2-3 places. Surgery would be an option of last resort and only performed if the patient could afford that procedure and if the doctor could actually see something to operate on, i.e., bone sticking out of the leg. An injury like this will probably result in visible deformation and some loss of function even after healing, as they simply don’t have the same reconstructive technology that we do today. However, you’ll likely live; this is not a vital injury, and the risk of infection (the main killer in injuries in this era) is minimal.

    Now if it’s a VERY great weight, something like a city gate or a massive boulder… he might not have much bone left to fix. He also might not have much leg left. But I assume that you are talking about a bone BREAK, and not a bone PULVERIZATION.

    Non nobis Domine, sed nomini, Tuo da gloriam.

    #132407
    Skylarynn
    @skylarynn

    @the-inkspiller

    It is a fairly great weight (2,400-2,800lbs) but luckily for him the weight is fairly well-distributed away from him so it’s not all on his leg.  As for the deformation and loss of function, would he need a walking aid or might he only have a slight limp?  If this helps any he’s about 17-18 years old.

    "Remember, you go nowhere by accident. Wherever you go, God is sending you." - Rev. Peter R. Hale

    #133139
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @the-inkspiller

    Thank you so much! That’s perfect!

    And thank you! Henry V is frankly inspirational, even if his speech may or may not be entirely Shakespeare’s imagination – the Bard knew how to write a monologue for sure.

    Oh, I actually thought it was a reference to the Templars’ battle prayer.  Cool either way!

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #133905
    Naiya Dyani
    @naiya-dyani

    @the-inkspiller Hey, uhhhhhhh, question. . . how likely is it that a fall from 25 feet, with the person landing on one leg, would break the femur of that leg? what all do you think would get broken? how long do you think it would take for it to heal. . .?

    (thanks, and good luck on your nursing exams if you haven’t finished them yet!!)

    Hearts are like matter--they can be beaten down, torn, and burned, but they cannot be destroyed.

    #133911
    Naiya Dyani
    @naiya-dyani

    oh, and do you think there’s a chance the person would go into shock? XD

    Hearts are like matter--they can be beaten down, torn, and burned, but they cannot be destroyed.

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