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7th Feb '18 8:06:54 PM TheDocCC
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** Methanol is a relatively benign poison, and less dangerous than tear gas (Real world: untreated methanol poisoning will blind you and/or kill you, and even treated it just might)

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** Methanol is a relatively benign poison, and less dangerous than tear gas (Real world: untreated methanol poisoning will blind you and/or kill you, and even treated it just might)might. Methanol poisoning is a medical emergency. Tear gas is in the vast, vast majority of cases highly irritating, but not debilitating, and after some exposures, you can have a tolerance to it.)
10th Jan '18 5:46:14 PM infernape612
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* CPRCleanPrettyReliable:CPR can be dangerous for both the rescuer and the patient, with oral diseases being spread, the risks of ribs being broken, or the victim vomiting. And it's not usually successful.

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* CPRCleanPrettyReliable:CPR CPRCleanPrettyReliable: CPR can be dangerous for both the rescuer and the patient, with oral diseases being spread, the risks of ribs being broken, or the victim vomiting. And it's not usually successful.
23rd Oct '17 7:40:14 PM Chariset
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* CleanPrettyChildbirth: Anyone who's actually seen a childbirth knows they can be quite messy.

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* CleanPrettyChildbirth: Anyone who's actually seen a childbirth birth knows they can be quite messy.



* InstantSedation:

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* InstantSedation:InstantSedation: If you know exactly which drug to use, exactly what dose to use, and can put it directly into a vein, you can put a person (safely) out in seconds. Otherwise, you'll either kill your target or have to wait several minutes for them to fall over.



* MagicPlasticSurgery

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* MagicPlasticSurgeryMagicPlasticSurgery: There's healing, scarring, and bruising the same as any other surgery.



* WorstAid

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* WorstAidWorstAid: Performing inept medical treatment -- especially some of the stuff shown in media -- is usually more harmful than doing nothing at all.
23rd Oct '17 1:27:01 PM CyberController
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* CleanPrettyChildbirth
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable

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* CleanPrettyChildbirth
CleanPrettyChildbirth: Anyone who's actually seen a childbirth knows they can be quite messy.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliableCPRCleanPrettyReliable:CPR can be dangerous for both the rescuer and the patient, with oral diseases being spread, the risks of ribs being broken, or the victim vomiting. And it's not usually successful.



* InstantDramaJustAddTracheotomy
* InstantEmergencyResponse
* InstantSedation
* KissOfLife

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* InstantDramaJustAddTracheotomy
InstantDramaJustAddTracheotomy: Don't do this, unless you have actual medical training.
* InstantEmergencyResponse
InstantEmergencyResponse: Traffic exists, especially if you live in a distant rural community or a busy urban one.
* InstantSedation
InstantSedation:
* KissOfLifeKissOfLife: Most of the time, if someone has stopped breathing, their heart has stopped. So it won't work.



* MagicalAntibiotics
* MagicalDefibrillator
* MagicAntidote

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* MagicalAntibiotics
MagicalAntibiotics: Antibiotics only work on bacteria, not any other type of pathogen. Also, overusing them can result in the bacteria evolving resistance.
* MagicalDefibrillator
MagicalDefibrillator: A Defibrillator just stops a irregular heart rhythm, it doesn't fix it. CPR is required to get the heart back to normal
* MagicAntidoteMagicAntidote: Even with an antidote, it takes time to recover from damage.
* MagicPlasticSurgery



* NonstandardPrescription
* OneDoseFitsAll
* OpenHeartDentistry

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* NonstandardPrescription
NonstandardPrescription: A prescription for something that isn't medicine.
* OneDoseFitsAll
OneDoseFitsAll: Body mass and other factors affect how much a poison (sedative, medicine etc) can affect a person, and how long it takes to be used.
* OpenHeartDentistryOpenHeartDentistry: This only happens in emergencies, when there is no other doctor nearby.



* PullTheIV

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* PullTheIVPullTheIV: This is a good way to get infected.



* ShotToTheHeart
* SuckOutThePoison

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* ShotToTheHeart
ShotToTheHeart: No modern doctor would do such a thing. Instead, they would inject epinephrine into the vein.
* SuckOutThePoisonSuckOutThePoison: Bad idea. It can cause infection, it can make the area swell, and the venom is usually circulating through the body.



* TapOnTheHead
* TelevisuallyTransmittedDisease
* UrgentMedicalAlert
* WeHaveToGetTheBulletOut

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* TapOnTheHead
TapOnTheHead: A weak hit would only knock someone out for seconds. A stronger hit would possibly cause health problems like amnesia or brain damage.
* TelevisuallyTransmittedDisease
TelevisuallyTransmittedDisease: Rare diseases or disorders that somehow always appear in fiction.
* UrgentMedicalAlert
UrgentMedicalAlert: Most of the time, alerts are ignored, except for certain ones.
* WeHaveToGetTheBulletOutWeHaveToGetTheBulletOut: Bullets are largely harmless when inside someone. Removing them can result in severe bleeding.
22nd Oct '17 2:30:10 PM lakingsif
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* RoadsideSurgery
22nd Oct '17 5:57:21 AM DarcyFoster
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* ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' doesn't so much fail the medical boards as it smears its snot all over the surgical team, contaminating everyone. It's gross incompetence like being unmasked in the room or washing one's hands too quickly (a bad scrub) followed by masking up (now your hands are contaminated) followed by gloving up. The movie also apparently has no idea what roles doctors actually have, demonstrates absolutely awful skills when it comes to interacting with patients, and does not seem to understand medical administration. And the violations of HIPPA (patient privacy) border on comical.

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* ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' doesn't so much fail the medical boards as it smears its snot all over the surgical team, contaminating everyone. It's gross incompetence like being unmasked in the room or washing one's hands too quickly (a bad scrub) followed by masking up (now your hands are contaminated) followed by gloving up.up, nor should they have painted nails (for infection control purposes). The movie also apparently has no idea what roles doctors actually have, demonstrates absolutely awful skills when it comes to interacting with patients, and does not seem to understand medical administration. And the violations of HIPPA (patient privacy) border on comical.
21st Oct '17 7:14:06 PM Malady
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* An episode of ''HermansHead'' played into the myth that sugar is 100% fatal to diabetics. Part of the story involved Herman giving a bear a donut and then finding out later that the bear was diabetic and died a short time later. Note that even if the myth were true, an animal as large as a bear would need a ''lot'' more sugar than one donut could contain to affect its glucose level significantly.

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* An episode of ''HermansHead'' ''Series/HermansHead'' played into the myth that sugar is 100% fatal to diabetics. Part of the story involved Herman giving a bear a donut and then finding out later that the bear was diabetic and died a short time later. Note that even if the myth were true, an animal as large as a bear would need a ''lot'' more sugar than one donut could contain to affect its glucose level significantly.
1st Oct '17 1:06:32 PM Piterpicher
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These inaccuracies can be especially dangerous if presented as accurate through medical series, leading to [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs well-meaning bystanders causing more harm than anything else.]] When in doubt, call the professionals.

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These inaccuracies can be especially dangerous if presented as accurate through medical series, leading to [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs well-meaning bystanders causing more harm than anything else.]] When in doubt, call the professionals.
23rd Sep '17 6:26:41 PM EdwardGil
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* MagicAntidote
20th Sep '17 6:18:52 PM TheDocCC
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* Want to make a doctor, a toxicologist, and a pharmacist howl in laughter together? Show them the toxins and disease table in the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Old WorldOfDarkness game line. It contains such madness as:
** Methanol is a relatively benign poison, and less dangerous than tear gas (Real world: untreated methanol poisoning will blind you and/or kill you, and even treated it just might)
** You resolve whether or not you get cancer with a roll that takes place in a single turn (3 sec)
** The difficulty of catching a disease and the difficulty of fighting it off are the same, so a lethal disease is always easy to catch, while highly transmissible, not-too-painful diseases don't exist
** Fouled water is a thing. Don't ask what that is, how it's fouled, or with what it's fouled.
** Ebola is apparently airborne, since it must be avoided with methods similar to avoiding a cloud of poison gas.
** OneDoseFitsAll is absolutely in effect.
** It is just as easy to catch HIV as it is leprosy.
** No (non-magical) system describes how to cure these diseases, nor what might be possible with mundane medicine that should be available to the majority of characters in the WorldOfDarkness.
** The game explicitly states that there is no way to do anything but treat the effects of a toxin, when several on the list have literal exact antidotes.
** Somehow, in the middle of an opiod epidemic in the United States, in a cartoonishly simple list of toxins, narcotics are nowhere to be seen.
** Somehow, in the middle of an epidemic of deaths from synthetic marijuana in the United States and virtually no cases of death attributed to old-fashioned marijuana, the chart collapses both into just THC.
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