May 27th, 2011

ANON POST: Rendering adult unconscious without harming them

London, present day, indoors.

Character A needs to render Character B unconscious without causing long term damage.

Character B is an adult male in generally good health but a bit run down. He’s not going to be cooperative.

Character A only has access to what he can carry with him (so no bulky equipment) but could have illegal or unusual technology. There is no access to medical equipment, so the method used can’t paralyse Character B so that he needs mechanical ventilation.

My problem is most of the common literary methods of knocking someone out seem to be either dangerous or ineffective.

What I’ve searched: Google searches and LD tags around the following:

A blow to the head: high risk of long term brain damage.

Tranquiliser darts: ineffective unless the dose is carefully managed and risk of overdose.

Taser: doesn’t actually render unconscious.

Ether/ chloroform on a rag: doesn’t seem that effective? – can’t see how Character A won’t end up getting a dose himself.

Intravenous injection: seems most likely but not sure how it would work with an uncooperative, unrestrained Character A?

Thanks for all help.

ANON POST: Modern day clinical lab equipment?

My main character is a doctoral researcher at a very well-funded private clinical lab (I don't have a medical specialization for her yet, in part because of the question I have, but it would be something biochemical based) in a contemporary setting. I'm having the hardest time figuring out what kind of equipment would be present (cold rooms? TEM microscopes?), and what could best be used for nefarious purposes (in other words if there was someone trying murder the protagonist in a dramatic fashion without resorting to the usual 'needle stick with deadly disease', what would make sense?).

I've looked all over Google, most major university clinical lab pages known for their clinical research, well known research companies like Abbott or Genzyme, and Wiki. I also tried searching through different lab equipment websites, but these aren't the kinds of items I think are normally bought without a lot of funding. Help would be really appreciated.