October 21st, 2011

Trauma/Continuous case resulting from a crash

First post from a lurker :) Hello!

Setting: Present day, USA.

Summary: Three very different doctors in a hospital are brought together by a tough, complicated case that requires they all work together frequently.

A one year old child is brought in suffering from multiple trauma injuries after a devastating car crash that has left her her father, brother and grandparents dead - the only survivors are her and her stepmother.
The three surgeons/doctors excel in what they do. One specialises in Orthopaedics, one in Neurosurgeon and one in Paediatrics, however they find it difficult to listen to each other and work together.

What kind of injuries would the child need to sustain to bring them together to work on her? Clearly a head injury combined with broken bones, but I can't find anything specifically and all a search has hinted towards is some sort of spinal injury.

I also need there to be a ongoing problem with her that means she'll be kept in hospital while they come up with a solution to whatever the problem is, i.e., brain and spine issues, or anything that the three of them will be involved with. The step mother knows nothing about medicine so needs it explained in the simplest way possible. I can do the research myself, I don't mind that, but i'm not very good with technical/medical jargon which is why I need someone to tell me what the injuries could be and what after effects they'll have to cause a long term difficulty for the child.

I hope this makes sense, thanks!
1800s House

IED Device circa 1840?

I wanted to use an IED (Improved Explosive Device) circa 1840, but the earliest references I can find to them is around World War One, but much more after World War Two.    The character is from the present day, and the setting is a European kingdom where the timeline sort of swings around but tends to settle around 1840 or so.  What would he improvise, using what materials?

I've google IED, 18th century 1ED, 19th century IED.  I went on Ask.com and asked "How do you make an IED?  19th  c. IED What did they use for bombs in the 1800s?"  Too many of the chemicals and devices used were present day.

ETA:  The device would have to be thrown, or hurled, but not by anything as large as a catapult.  Like a Molotov cocktail.

ETA Part Two:  THANK YOU, EVERYBODY!  I so appreciate the intelligence and perspicacity I find in this community.  The [awesome answers] tag seems to have disappeared.
morgause 2

Women investigators in 1930s

Setting: Chicago, 1932
Googled: Women in police service 1930s, Women as private investigators 1930s

I'm looking for any information about women as detectives in police service or working as private investigators in late 1920s - early 1930s.
I've read about the first women in the police service and the International Association of Police Woman, and what I've read gave me the impression that there were any female detectives or PIs.
On the other hand, there were several books published in the 30s about women as PIs (by Gardner and Stout, for instance), so the idea might not be as preposterous?

I'll be extremely glad for any pointers!