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28th Aug '16 5:12:26 PM WillKeaton
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* Averted in ''Series/{{House}}'' when a police officer has fragments of a bullet lodged in his skull. The team desperately wants to do an MRI, and House shoots a corpse to prove that an MRI's magnetism makes it impossible. The bullet gets violently ripped out of the corpses skull and breaks the MRI.

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* Averted in ''Series/{{House}}'' when a police officer has fragments of a bullet lodged in his skull. The team desperately wants to do an MRI, and House shoots a corpse in the head to prove that test if the metal bullet will interfere with an MRI's magnetism makes it impossible.MRI. The bullet gets violently ripped out of the corpses skull and breaks the MRI.
28th Aug '16 5:08:45 PM WillKeaton
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Depending on the time period, however, this can be a JustifiedTrope - historically, a musket ball have been made out of lead and would be toxic if left inside. It would also have been extracted as part of recovering any part of the wearer's clothing that it had tracked in with it - bits of cloth in wounds were a good source of infection, since most soldiers (and civilians, for that matter) had just one set of clothes which they wore constantly without washing the,[[note]] A) because you'd wash your under-pants and under-shirt, if you had any, instead of the external clothes and B) because most dyes would dissolve in water and/or soap, which was bad news if you wanted to look good/were relying on the colour of your clothes to help other soldiers identify which country you were fighting for[[/note]] and because musket balls travel far slower and have less penetrating power, bits of clothing could often be dragged into the wound.

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Depending on the time period, however, this can be a JustifiedTrope - historically, a musket ball have been made out of lead and would be toxic if left inside. It would also have been extracted as part of recovering any part of the wearer's clothing that it had tracked in with it - bits of cloth in wounds were a good source of infection, since most soldiers (and civilians, for that matter) had just one set of clothes which they wore constantly without washing the,[[note]] them,[[note]] A) because you'd wash your under-pants and under-shirt, if you had any, instead of the external clothes and B) because most dyes would dissolve in water and/or soap, which was bad news if you wanted to look good/were relying on the colour of your clothes to help other soldiers identify which country you were fighting for[[/note]] and because musket balls travel far slower and have less penetrating power, bits of clothing could often be dragged into the wound.
28th Aug '16 5:08:02 PM WillKeaton
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Depending on the time period, however, this can be a JustifiedTrope - historically, a musket ball have been made out of lead and would be toxic if left inside. It would also have been extracted as part of recovering any part of the wearer's clothing that it had tracked in with it - bits of cloth in wounds were a good source of infection, since most soldiers (and civilians, for that matter) had just one set of clothes which they wore constantly without washing them[[note]] A) because you'd wash your under-pants and under-shirt, if you had any, instead of the external clothes and B) because most dyes would dissolve in water and/or soap, which was bad news if you wanted to look good/were relying on the colour of your clothes to help other soldiers identify which country you were fighting for [[/note]], and because musket balls travel far slower and have less penetrating power, bits of clothing could often be dragged into the wound.

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Depending on the time period, however, this can be a JustifiedTrope - historically, a musket ball have been made out of lead and would be toxic if left inside. It would also have been extracted as part of recovering any part of the wearer's clothing that it had tracked in with it - bits of cloth in wounds were a good source of infection, since most soldiers (and civilians, for that matter) had just one set of clothes which they wore constantly without washing them[[note]] the,[[note]] A) because you'd wash your under-pants and under-shirt, if you had any, instead of the external clothes and B) because most dyes would dissolve in water and/or soap, which was bad news if you wanted to look good/were relying on the colour of your clothes to help other soldiers identify which country you were fighting for [[/note]], for[[/note]] and because musket balls travel far slower and have less penetrating power, bits of clothing could often be dragged into the wound.
20th May '16 10:21:25 AM mynameisntslick
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* Justified by the time period in UnderAPaintedSky, when Sam takes a bullet out of an outlaw's leg. The book is set in 1849.
18th May '16 11:42:39 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Averted variation on ''{{CSI NY}}'' in 'Officer Blue'. Mac needed a bullet that had lodged inside a horse when a mounted officer was shot to death. He knew it would likely kill the animal in the process. Mac did manage to stall the surgery long enough that the horse did survive.

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* Averted variation on ''{{CSI NY}}'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' in 'Officer Blue'. Mac needed a bullet that had lodged inside a horse when a mounted officer was shot to death. He knew it would likely kill the animal in the process. Mac did manage to stall the surgery long enough that the horse did survive.
22nd Apr '16 8:36:53 AM mynameisntslick
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* [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars from Home]] - discussed when [[spoiler: Alex]] is shot. Ruth tells Erik to take the bullet out, with Hank insisting they do otherwise. Justified when Ruth is able to heal [[spoiler: Alex]] using her powers.

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5th Apr '16 3:48:53 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Series/TheATeam''. In the episode "Curtain Call" Murdoc is shot and Hannibal takes the bullet out with a knife. Subverted, as Hannibal is not concerned about the bullet itself but about the pieces of clothes that it took with it.

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* ''Series/TheATeam''. In the episode "Curtain Call" Murdoc "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E23CurtainCall Curtain Call]]", Murdock is shot and Hannibal takes the bullet out with a knife. Subverted, as Hannibal is not concerned about the bullet itself (he notes that bullets often sterilize themselves in the barrel) but about the pieces of clothes cloth that it took with it.it. However, it is still portrayed as a dangerous operation.
27th Mar '16 3:02:31 AM JackG
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* Justified in ''Literature/TheMartian''. Mark Watney has been punctured by a length of antenna which, along with congealed blood, has mostly sealed his spacesuit against decompression. However when he regains consciousness, Watney has to remove the antenna to apply an emergency patch that will properly seal the spacesuit so he can make it back to the Habitat. [[Film/TheMartian In the movie]] he cuts off most of the antenna, but leaves the remainder in place until he makes it back to the Hab, then yanks out the rod and fishes inside himself with forceps for a nut that's been left in there. However as the nearest medical attention is millions of miles away, and he's got to engage in a lot of physical activity over the next few years, it's not as if he has any other choice.
27th Feb '16 10:41:42 AM eroock
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* In ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot'', a LivingMacGuffin gets shot in the should and the hero is called in to get the bullet out which he does.
10th Feb '16 11:34:48 PM rjd1922
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** Averted with [[spoiler: Von Karma]] in the first game. The villain has had a bullet lodged in their shoulder for 15 years. It's incriminating evidence, but they didn't remove it because doing so safely would require a surgery, leaving a medical record.

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** Averted with [[spoiler: Von Manfred von Karma]] in the first game. The villain has had a bullet lodged in their shoulder for 15 years. It's incriminating evidence, but they didn't remove it because doing so safely would require a surgery, leaving a medical record.
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