Oh, Snap! (kutsuwamushi) wrote in little_details,
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ANON POST: Need Help Specifying Injury

Setting: Alternate-Universe Victorian London, 1881 -- the AU element is that superpowers can and do exist, to a limited extent, but they don't affect this scene.

The Scenario: A Doctor, walking home from his practice, happens across where a group of policemen has just apprehended a criminal -- unfortunately, one of the Constables has been injured by said criminal. The Doctor, naturally, makes his way over and offers his help, but Inconvenient Guy tells him to back off because paramedics are already on their way. The Doctor then informs Inconvenient Guy that the Constable's injury is such that the next few minutes are crucial, and that by the time the paramedics arrived it'd be too late.

I've got the whole scene worked out... except the injury in question, and I haven't the faintest idea how to even begin searching this thing. It's in that annoying sort of Limbo where it's too specific to just wing it, but not quite specific enough that I can even get coherent keywords out of it.

The injury would have to fit the following parameters:
-Can be inflicted with a knife, blunt weapon, improvised weapon, or bare hands -- I'm not picky. I'm also not adding the complication of a superpower to this particular scene, unless someone brings me a really cool suggestion for it.
-Has symptoms that can be recognized by a (very good) doctor at a glance -- the Doctor doesn't have any more than five seconds to look him over before Inconvenient Guy gets in his face. While Doc might exaggerate a bit or choose to confer the worst possible interpretation of the symptoms he sees, he wouldn't outright lie about it.
-Must be life-threatening if not treated immediately (as in, within ten to fifteen minutes), but must be survivable if treated, possibly allowing for a full recovery. The scene is sort of a proving grounds for the Doc, so having his patient die would kind of wreck the whole thing.

Thanks muchly to anyone that can help!
Tags: 1880-1889, ~medicine: historical, ~medicine: injuries to order

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