September 9th, 2006

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In the novel I am currently working on, one of the characters is poisoned. Although I would like the name of a poison that fits the following qualifications, it is unnecessary. For the most part I just want to know if there is such a poison.

1. It is preferably either in the form of a clear liquid or a dissolvable pill.
2. It will cause the person to faint within minutes, somewhere between 5 and 30.
3. There is an antidote available.
4. Without being properly taken care of, or even given a second dosage of the poison, the person could die within 1-2 weeks (most likely the second dosage would be given one to two days prior to the person's death if I decide that they will be in fact given a second dosage).

Thanks in advance!
  • lisabel

Mineral Discovery Dates

I've googled and wiki'd this until blue in the face and have had absolutely no success; I'm hoping that the lovely people of this community might be able to help me. Does anyone know if there is a comprehensive list of minerals that includes the dates said minerals were discovered/named/classified by science? Or if not, can anyone suggest search terms that might help locate this information? I've used mineral "date of discovery", "mineral lists", mineral "discovery dates" and several others with no helpful hits.

I know that there are lists that have the dates that elements were discovered/named/isolated/classified but that doesn't help me with regards to compound minerals, especially since some elements were isolated from minerals that were already known to science (i.e. beryllium).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

ETA: A very good point was made, so if it helps, I'm looking for a list of minerals that would've been known to a geologist living in western Europe in the early 19th century.
percy bysshe shelley, ozymandias

'Nameless' used to evoke fear?

A question: can anyone think of any instances in books you've read where the author refers to some terrible creature/evil or the other as being 'nameless'? [E.g., "a place haunted by nameless shadows" or something.] I'm sure Tolkien did this somewhere, but I'm not absolutely certain and I don't have any copies of his books with me.

Any help is very much appreciated!
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Traumatic pneumothorax -- treatment and recovery

I've been watching and commenting here for a while, but this is my first post of a question.

My character has been shot in the chest with a crossbow, collapsing a lung. Due to the sound of his lungs, another character determines it's a sucking chest wound/tension pneumothorax, which can rapidly lead to death due to failure of the heart or insufficient oxygen in the lungs.

He's taken to a major city hospital within minutes (and this is present-day), stabilized and taken into surgery to repair the injury.

Most of what I've found on pneumothorax refers to spontaneous collapse of a lung (and FYI, if you're a tall, skinny young man it seems it's not the best idea to stand directly in front of a stack of speakers at a heavy metal concert). A collapsed lung not caused by injury has a recovery time of about one to two weeks, but what about our crossbowed character? Once he's out of surgery, would he be on a ventilator for a while? Would he be lying completely flat as he recovered, or would they raise his head (and about how much)? How long before he's off the ventilator, if they have him on one? How long before he's out of the hospital? And how long before he feels back to normal once he's discharged?

What sorts of meds would he be on? Morphine or other pain meds, I assume. Also something for potential infection, or would they wait to see if there were symptoms? Any specific descriptions on how he'd be feeling at various points of his injury/recovery would be very helpful.

And the magic question: Is there anything else I should know about that I haven't thought to ask?

Thanks for your input!
  • erinya

Bathtubs and bathing in the 1700s

I would love to know whether cast-iron bathtubs (as opposed to those old wooden washtubs) were used as early as the mid-1700s. If so, where and with what frequency? I know that Marat was murdered in his bathtub in France roundabout 1793--did private bath facilies catch on at an earlier point in France than in Britain? My searches on the internet have given me sparse and conflicting information on just how often people did bathe in this time period...I know that it was a common belief that bathing was unhygenic, but how pervasive was that belief? Any additional info would be greatly appreciated. (I did do a search of the tags here and came up with nada mucho, sadly.)

head injury/going deaf

I have a character is slightly deaf (or completely deaf, whichever works with what happened) because of a head injury he received as a young kid.

My question is: What type of head injury could have caused this? I googled it, and it told me a strong blow to the head.

What type of strong blow to the head would cause this? Either going completely deaf, or just slightly?

Thanks in advance!