October 22nd, 2006


Name of a specialist for amputations

I'm looking for a (hopefully) very simple answer. The subject says it all, basically. I'm looking for the specialty of the kind of doctor who deals with amputations. I tried googling "specialist for amputations", but got some really weird results and wiki isn't really helpful either... I found the term "osteomyoplastic" but that's not really helping me... I do recognize the word for "bone" and "sculpting" in it, but I can't find an actual definition for it.

So again, how do you call a doctor that is called in to perform and supervise an amputation of a limb and then later consults the patient in getting a prosthesis etc. You know, like you call other specialsts a gynecologist or orthopedic or proctologist or whatever. That kind of word. Thanks a lot!

Inheritance and titles in late 18th/early 19th century England

Okay, I've read everything I can find on this, and I'm still a bit confused. I'm writing a fairy tale that's set in an analogue of Austen's England, and I have a few things I want to confirm.

- Lord So-and-so has two adult sons and a wife. Lord So-and-so dies. At that point, his wife is now referred to "The Dowager Lady So-and-so", and his eldest son becomes "Lord So-and-so", correct?

- What would you call the deceased Lord So-and-so's younger son? The younger son's wife?

- And if you were directly addressing the Dowager Lady So-and-so, would you still call her "Lady So-and-so" to her face, or something else?

- One thing I've never really understood in Austen is the nitty-gritty of why some women can inherit and others can't. If I'm reading my sources right, it is possible that Dowager Lady So-and-so has some considerable fortune of her own, unrelated to the fortune of her husband, and that she would be potentially be capable of cutting off one son or the other if she wanted to, in favor of leaving everything that was hers to the other. Even if her husband's fortune and title was guaranteed for the eldest son (I'm not sure if this is what's happening with the Ferrars brothers in Sense and Sensibility or not). Am I understanding that correctly?

Thanks in advance. :)
Khym Chanur

Control parents have over their children testifying

The following scenario is set in the current day United States: a 17 year old girl is the victim of a crime. The girl's mother, her only surviving parent and legal guardian, fears that if her daughter testifies that the criminal will kill the girl in retaliation, so not only does she forbid her daughter from testifying, she also forbids the police from questioning her, and/or refuses to press charges against the criminal. If the daughter is willing to defy her mother and testify/press charges, would the police have their hands tied, or could they open a case and interview the girl in spite of the mother's wishes? If the police could proceed, how much younger would the girl have to be before the mother's objections would have any weight?