July 16th, 2005

Prosthetics

Can anyone point me in the direction of some information (and possibly pictures, although it's not necessary) about prosthetics in the late 1910s-early 1920s, particularly from Europe? (Preferably England or Germany.) My search has hit many dead ends.

strong acids on skin

I Wikipedia'd the crap out of this, to no real avail. And I wasn't sure how to word this to Google...
This is a type of acid I've made up, so I'm able to change things about its makeup if I need to. But the basic idea is that it's capable of burning through clothing and skin as well (it's demon spit! yay! :O /random )
So my questions are...

1. Can acids be neutralized at all with water, or does it have to be a base for the acid to be alleviated once it's made contact with the skin? My characters don't have immediate access to anything basic, unless there could be something in the water (lake) they jump into that could be slightly basic.
2. Acids that harm the skin... does the pain/burning stop after time by itself if it's not treated, or would it continue to eat away at the surface it's on until something is done about it? Just in general, I mean.

If any of this is stuff that can be "left up to the writer" let me know, but I just need to know what, scientifically, I can't change about this substance as an acid without sounding completely ignorant. I never was very good at chemistry.

Thanks in advance for all your help!
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medieval-esque fashion

ahaha... one more post today. This time about clothes.

My time period is set to a medieval/renaissance (big difference yes I know, but bare with me) type technology/society period.

--What I'm looking for is general terms for articles of clothing for this type of time frame, most importantly formal clothing (think ball or banquet-type formal). Gowns and dresses for the ladies I know already, but what about the men? I know they didn't call men's formal attire "suits," did they?
--And also if you can give me the words for specific fashions of clothing aside from "trousers" "jerkin" "vest" and "cloak," I'd be grateful, too. :P

*bows to everyone* Many thanks to all your help here and in the past!
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