August 16th, 2010

[Wolf's Rain] *Blinku*

Drugs That Prevent Yelling

Setting: Modern Day USA (ETA: apartment room)
Search Terms Used: (in various combinations) drugs/chemicals that prevent yelling/screaming, drugs/chemicals that cause laryngitis, chemicals that prevent vocal cords from moving, Anesthetic throat spray stop voice? how to gag someone to only a whisper, little_details's entries on mutism

I need my character to interrogate someone, but due to location it has to be done without alerting people next door. So I need some way to prevent the person being interrogated from yelling, but still able to talk.

I've went through little_details entries on mutism, but those were asking for something either permanent or complete voice loss.

I've searched for drugs or chemicals that could cause hoarseness (laryngitis), but mostly found drugs to help fix that; I thought I might be getting somewhere with anesthetic throat sprays but it seems like they wouldn't prevent you from talking, otherwise they probably wouldn't be a very popular over the counter medication. XP Physical gags seemed possible, but...I couldn't find one that just limited the person to a whisper.

If I can't do this, I'll have to move the location, but that opens up another bottle of worms.
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1920s Doctors Practicing From Home

Okay, so I'm currently working on a massive overhaul of my novel, part of which is changing it from 1890s England steampunk to 1920s United States steampunk.

One of my man characters is a doctor/mad scientist who is basically trying to "cure" death. He goes about diggin up bodies and performing experimentations on reviving them. During the day, however, he does his job as a doctor -- hey, it pays the bills and allows him to purchase research equipment.

So, my questions are these:

1. Was it common for 1923 Baltimore/Philadelphia doctors to practice out of their house, or were practices outside the home starting to take over?

2. How unusual would it be for a doctor during that time to practice alone, as in without a nurse or assistant?

Some of the sources I've tried are a site called Roaring 20s Lifestyle (which is great for general domestic referencing, by the way), a book called "Back Then: Baltimore 1920-1930" (again, great for historical and pop culture referencing points but nothing specific like this), and a journal called "Turn Of The Century Medicine). The last was fantastic for specific procedures and such, but not so great in this regard.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!

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Setting: Something similar to Batman-verse. Modern day (2009-2010)
Prior Research: I googled 'back injuries', 'falling out a window' and 'fall related back injuries' for my first question.  And for my second I looked up 'broken ribs', 'bruised ribs' and 'severe bruising'. 

Here is my situation- two of my villains have a confrontation in a relatively average-sized hotel room.  One is a girl around sixteen and the other is a college Sophomore.  He is attempting to interrogate her about her plans and, in doing so, punches her and kicks her repeatedly in the side.  After recovering, she proceeds to knee him in the groin and push him out an open window (her room is on the second floor) 

My questions are- 

1. How likely is it that he could fall from that height without receiving a spinal/back injury that would permanently cripple him (because if he would not be able to escape a severely crippling injury, I have to change a lot of things)
2. How severe would the girl's bruising be and would the bruises be too painful for her to be able to do strenuous physical activities like gymnastics?

Thank you in advance for answering my questions.