History Headscratchers / RequiemForADream

23rd Apr '15 5:18:41 AM AimlessMeadering
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** Yeah, it's pretty stupid. Understandable, but stupid. Also, considering the gangrenous and necrotic state of his lesion, I'm surprised he managed to shoot up through the deteriorating and thrombotic veins. Seriously, what a waste, all it is going to do is get trapped in the swelling and inflammation, rather than getting to the spine.

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** Yeah, it's pretty stupid. Understandable, but stupid. Also, considering the gangrenous and necrotic state of his lesion, I'm surprised he managed to shoot up through the deteriorating and thrombotic veins. Seriously, what a waste, all it is going to do is get trapped in the swelling and inflammation, rather than getting to the spine.spine.
** I thought the same thing, but on a second watch: he's shooting up in a car. He's too addicted to just wait and go somewhere more private, he's got a limited range of movement due to being in the passenger seat and fully clothed, and he's right handed. He can't use his wounded arm to operate the syringe, so that's where the needle has to go in. It could also just be plain ignorance/addled judgment; at that point he's in a lot of pain and he's after the analgesic effect as much as the euphoria, he may be applying it directly to the wound in the hope of getting faster relief. Alternatively, he might think/know that the needle is filthy and he doesn't want to risk spreading the infection to a new site.
6th Aug '14 10:50:12 AM Lucifrix
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** 1970s, people. Nowadays, doctors are only allowed to call the police on a patient if they are a distinct danger to themselves or others. This is when there is clear evidence of suicidal or homicidal intentions, or the patient attacks someone. Back then, drug addiction was considered a sort of mental illness that was looked down upon with fear and misunderstanding. It would have been easy for a doctor to call in the cops on a sick junkie back then. Nowadays, Harry could have sued his ass off and been living in heaven. He could also have sued him for malpractice, considering the bastard didn't do anything about an obvious gangrenous and necrotizing lesion - although back in the 1970s, the medical profession kinda sucked. Screw the hypocratic oath.

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** 1970s, people. Nowadays, doctors are only allowed to call the police on a patient if they are a distinct danger to themselves or others. This is when there is clear evidence of suicidal or homicidal intentions, or the patient attacks someone. Back then, drug addiction was considered a sort of mental illness that was looked down upon with fear and misunderstanding. It would have been easy for a doctor to call in the cops on a sick junkie back then. Nowadays, Harry could have sued his ass off and been living in heaven. He could also have sued him for malpractice, considering the bastard didn't do anything about an obvious gangrenous and necrotizing lesion - although back in the 1970s, the medical profession kinda sucked. Screw the hypocratic Hippocratic oath.
4th Jul '13 4:39:58 AM Laudanum
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** 1970s, people. Nowadays, doctors are only allowed to call the police on a patient if they are a distinct danger to themselves or others. This is when there is clear evidence of suicidal or homicidal intentions, or the patient attacks someone. Back then, drug addiction was considered a sort of mental illness that was looked down upon with fear and misunderstanding. It would have been easy for a doctor to call in the cops on a sick junkie back then. Nowadays, Harry could have sued his ass off and been living in heaven. He could also have sued him for malpractice, considering the bastard didn't do anything about an obvious gangrenous and necrotizing lesion - although back in the 1970s, the medical profession kinda sucked. Screw the hypocratic oath.



** It takes too much time to search for one. He wanted the shot very fast.

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** It takes too much time to search for one. He wanted the shot very fast.fast.
** Yeah, it's pretty stupid. Understandable, but stupid. Also, considering the gangrenous and necrotic state of his lesion, I'm surprised he managed to shoot up through the deteriorating and thrombotic veins. Seriously, what a waste, all it is going to do is get trapped in the swelling and inflammation, rather than getting to the spine.
4th Jul '13 4:03:43 AM Laudanum
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*** Agreed. ECT has developed a lot from its origins a good 80-something(?) years ago. And anaesthetic was not used, although even in the 70s, there were variations and different ways to use it that the entire psychiatric profession was arguing about. In state institutions, the state of care was downright horrifying and ECT was used as a cure for everything from simple depression to undifferentiated schizophrenia. It was either than or Insulin comas.... which were ''way'' worse. Yeah, psychiatry in America was pretty horrifying back in the day, although the quality of care varied wildly from institution to institution - some private ones were downright wonderful by all accounts. Actually, put in the proper time context and assuming that Sara and Harry are in state hospitals and institutions - which were desperately running on low funds - everything was a pretty bad but realistic portrayal.


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*** I agree with the above comment. Most likely there were quite a lot of sources around if you had a clear head and went hunting for them, but Harry and Tyrone were desperate and withdrawing, with little knowledge of the drug underground. They were so desperate that they made a run for it and followed a rumor to Florida just to escape.
9th May '13 2:47:10 PM NavyFenson
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* Couldn't Harry just use another vein? He had lots of them. Or a different spot on that same vein?

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* Couldn't Harry just use another vein? He had lots of them. Or a different spot on that same vein?vein?
** It takes too much time to search for one. He wanted the shot very fast.
11th Feb '13 11:57:31 AM demeter1
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* Couldn't Harry just use another vein? He had lots of them.

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* Couldn't Harry just use another vein? He had lots of them. Or a different spot on that same vein?
11th Feb '13 11:55:01 AM demeter1
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** Big Tim is a pimp, not a drug dealer. He recruits addicts and uses their addiction as leverage to turn them into hookers.

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** Big Tim is a pimp, not a drug dealer. He recruits addicts and uses their addiction as leverage to turn them into hookers.hookers.

* Couldn't Harry just use another vein? He had lots of them.
7th Jan '13 10:29:25 PM Thebanjohype
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*** Not to mention, the fact that Harry and Tyrone are simply not the savviest dealers on their block or any other, so they might not even know how to properly network and find better sources outside of the few they had been utilizing, and were by winter so desperate they willingly chased after a big pie in the sky possibility in the sunny climes of Florida. In the novel, there is a passage which explores the both of them realizing just how insane and far-fetched this entire plan actually is, but neither one being able to admit it to themselves or the other and turn back means they see it through to the brutal end.
20th Aug '12 7:55:14 PM LtHikaru
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*** Nope. The doctor saw Harry's arm, looked at him funny (while grabbing the bottles of liquid medicine), and took off, presumably to call the cops. OP is right; the doctor shouldn't have turned Harry in.
3rd May '12 11:14:32 AM Silvermoon424
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*** You're forgetting that, once again, this was written in the seventies; back then, ECT was basically used for everything and the doctors didn't really know how to utilize the technology effectively. Back then ETC usually WAS brutal and sadistic.

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*** You're ***You're forgetting that, once again, this was written in the seventies; back then, ECT was basically used for everything and the doctors didn't really know how to utilize the technology effectively. Back then ETC usually WAS brutal and sadistic.



** Right, because Junkies are renowned for making reasonable well thought-out life choices. Look up the definition for addiction when you get a chance.
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