November 15th, 2012

  • tinnean

what time would a radio station go off the air in 1957

Yeah, that about says it all. I've tried googling that question, googling when radio stations shut down (and I got when they closed or were sold), and radio listings, hoping I'd find something that was useful.

I have a couple driving home from Baltimore to Arlington at 2 a.m, and they're listening to Dean Martin on the radio. But would a station have been on the air at that time, in that year?

If anyone could tell me where to look, I'd appreciate it. Thanks muchly.
  • de_ruh

Adult Psych Evaluation - Details Needed

Search terms already used: "adult psych evaluation," "adult psych evaluation in hospital," "psych evaluation in hospital," "psychology exam Canada"

Setting: BC, Canada in the year 2017 (I wasn't going for that year per-say, but doing the math from my MC's birth date makes it that year).

Background information:
-The character has been admitted to hospital following a medical (physical health) emergency and is now staying for an unknown length of time while the cause of his illness is identified. (It will be determined that he has hyperinsulinism)
-He is also struggling with PTSD, and he has told the attending doctor this. He has never received an "official" diagnosis because the only person helping him with this so far is his wife. She is a psychologist, but it would be unethical for her to make an official diagnosis due to the personal connection. (I believe it would also be illegal?) The doctor knows at the start of the investigation into his physical illness that it has something to do with hypoglycemia, and since both hypoglycemia and PTSD can cause anxiety/panic symptoms, she wants the PTSD officially documented for the benefit of anyone else working on his case. The character has agreed to speaking with the psychologist/psychiatrist on staff.
-When the interview with this psych doc takes place, he has already been in the hospital over night. His wife stayed with him all night and has now gone home for a nap, but his brother is present.
-This is not an emergency psych evaluation (which is why my searches have disappointed me). This is completely voluntary, and the purpose is more or less to simply confirm the PTSD diagnosis and "make it official." He is willing, and he is an adult. [Edit: I'm intimately aware of the diagnosis requirements for PTSD, I'm not looking for help with that. I'm just not familiar with the process of confirming a diagnosis that was made "unofficially" by a professional. I've also seen the DSM V draft of the PTSD criteria, so I know that what I'm writing should still be considered accurate for the time setting of this piece.]

My questions:
1. Is it a psychologist or a psychiatrist? [Edit: I know the difference between the two, and I do not want the character medicated right now, so it doesn't need to be a psychiatrist. I'm asking which of the two would most likely be on staff and be conducting this interview.]

2. Would the brother be allowed to stay in the room, or asked to leave regardless of the character's wishes? Would the brother be asked a few questions by the psych doc before/during/after? Would the psych doc want to consult with the wife (especially being that she's a psychologist herself)?

3. What sort of questions would be asked? What sort of questions would not be asked that might be asked if it were an emergency situation?

4. How likely is it that the character would be able to refuse medication for his depression & anxiety symptoms at this point?

[Edit: For those wondering, the specific hospital he'll be in is Surrey Memorial, and yes, they do have a fully-functioning psych ward. I've known people admitted to both their psych ward and the one at Langley Memorial. Reminder, though, he isn't ending up there.]

Ypres Salient and other WWI questions

During the various battles of the Ypres Salient in WWI, were the trenches making up the salient occupied year-round? Meaning, were they occupied for the entire time after the 1st battle up to the 2nd, etc?

I'm going to assume the answer is a 'yes,' but I just want to make sure, and Google isn't really giving me anything. I want my characters to be living in the trench, but the story isn't going to take place during the heat of battle, at least not the heat of battle there. One is dying of pneumonia and the other is healthy. Both characters are British.

Also, what is the were the lower ranks for soldiers in WWI? Like, entry-level and maybe a few ranks above. Google is giving me modern or WWII stuff, but nothing before then. And any other tidbits about medical treatment/soldier interaction/pneumonia/other stuff during life in the trenches are welcome.

Searches tried: British WWI entry-level military rank, British WWI military ranks, Ypres Salient occupation, Ypres Salient trenches, British trenches Ypres Salient, how long were the British army in the Ypres Salient, what were army ranks in WWI, lowest military rank WWI.

Illinois driver's licensing laws in the 1970s

Hey, everybody.

I've been working furiously on a "Due South" fic lately, and ran headfirst into a kind of weird problem. At what age in Illinois (Chicago specifically, if that makes a difference) could you get a driver's license in the 1970s? I tried Googling "illinois driver's license 1970s" and "driver's license laws 1970s," but it just pulled up a lot of stuff about teen and elderly drivers and how current laws are changing, and that the 1970s was when the "graduated licensing" model (learner's permit, license with curfew, then full license) was introduced at the federal level. I can't find anything Illinois-specific, and I can't find licensing ages in the 70s at all.

Anyone able to shed some light on this?

ETA: Got it, and quickly, too! Thanks, everyone!