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The Healing Touch is a form of Kaioken.
It increases reaction time, it wears out the user, it doesn't last very long, and (under special circumstances) it can be stacked on top of itself for greater effect. The only difference I've seen is that the Healing Touch doesn't seem to increase strength— though, being a doctor, maybe Derek just doesn't need the extra strength.

Culurium is a different isotope of iron
It's firmly established in New Blood that Culurium is the base heme for artificial blood, but the reason Iron is the heme in natural human blood is because it readily bonds with oxygen. The reason why they use a different isotope is possibly because of standard Iron shortages, but there's an alternative which has been proven to work just as well as a heme in blood, why not use that and take the pressure off the supply and demand chain?

The Healing Touch affects men and women differently.
(Note: I haven't played Under the Knife 2). All the men we've seen with the Healing Touch - Derek Stiles, Markus Vaughn, and Leo Bello - that we've seen using the Touch have all manifested their ability as a form of Bullet Time, with the doctor's speed and reaction times skyrocketing. On the other hand, the women we've seen using it both manifest unique powers (Naomi Kimishama's vital raising, Valerie Blaylock's vital lock).
  • Under The Knife 2, which you haven't played, has a section where the Hands of Asclepius use Neo-GUILT to give all their members the Healing Touch. It's confirmed from this sequence that Adel, at least, uses the Bullet Time Touch, but he's also a man, so... IIRC, we saw some other people using the fake!Healing Touch as well, though.
    • In Under the Knife 2, technically the fake Healing Touch was specifically created by using data from Derek's Healing Touch, so it would make sense that anyone given the fake one would mimic Derek's version because they were modeling it on his using data collected from him while operating, making gender a non-issue. At least I think that makes sense. I'd assume that naturally occurring Healing Touches like what Derek, Naomi, Valerie, and Markus have would be a different issue.
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  • Doesn't it seem odd that all of the male doctors with the Healing Touch perform Bullet Time, while the women's Healing Touch have something to do with the patient's vital stats? It could be a play on the stereotypes of men and women; the men are the workers, and thus manage their time to get what is needed done, while the women are the nurturers, having to take care of their children. Hence, the men have Bullet Time for their Healing Touch (to allow them to do more within the time allotted, as per their duty to manage their time for work), while the woman has vital stat support as their Healing Touch (to allow their patients more of a chance of surviving the operation, as per their duty to nurture and support).
  • I always assumed it had to do with body chemistry. Men's testosterone and Female estrogen.
  • Hoffman is also confirmed to have the Bullet Time Healing Touch in the first game, which furthers the pattern (Tyler wonders how Hoffman could move so fast and Derek wonders if that's how he looks while using it). The only exception that I can think of is that in the Savato X mission in Second Opinion, Naomi uses the Bullet Time Healing Touch when finishing off Savato, but I tend to take that with a grain of salt (I tend to take all the X missions with a grain of salt actually given how unconnected they appear to be from the rest of the game plot, but I'll be quiet about that now) personally given that she never uses it at any other time within game canon that I can recall (Please correct me if I'm wrong) and, given the way that Savato has to be beaten, the player wouldn't have been able to play as her for that mission if something wasn't done to allow her to finish it which would have limited the game's options. I tend to assume that they tweaked it for gameplay reasons rather then plot/character reasons so it's not necessarily a counterexample, but YMMV. And either way, it's not her default Healing Touch.
    • Naomi stated that she had to mimic Derek's healing touch in order to finish off Savato. That's why she doesn't use it in canon after that, she no longer needs to.
      • But then the question is can she still use that version of the Healing Touch if the need arises in the future or was it a one time thing? Is the Healing Touch flexible enough that it can be altered if you know how to manipulate it? If that's so then, technically, all the Healing Touch surgeons should be able to use one another's gifts with enough experience/training and the gender issue goes right out the window except perhaps for predicting which version the surgeon in question will get naturally. Admittedly, this all is only really an issue if you consider the X missions canon. I go back and forth on that myself, but I lean closer to non-canon after seeing the X missions in Under the Knife 2. Just my opinion though.
      • There's a consistent in-universe theory that the Healing Touch is a divine gift. Since Savato is weaponized death, directly spitting in the face of everything doctors stand for, perhaps the Healing Touch itself or whatever force grants/controls it reshapes the effect of the Touch for that one moment, just to be rid of the thing? (I've also added another theory on how Naomi seems to add a layer of Bullet Time during the more canon Savato operation in Second Opinion.)

"Judgement Day", the music that plays behind Savato operations in Under the Knife, is an extract of a "Requiem for Man's Hubris" or something Adam had written or commissioned in an older style.
It fits the lyrics of Dies Irae way way way too well to be coincidental. Even That Other Wiki figures that the theme is a variation of Dies Irae.
  • Just so we're clear, the "Dies Irae" section of the Mozart Requiem.

The Healing Touch is a form of Hyper Mode resulting from Phazon corruption.
Think about the similarities in both Metroid Prime's Hyper Mode and Trauma Center's Healing Touch. In both instances, the color scheme of the power in question is bright blue, the power enhances the user's capabilities, the world around the user is tinged blue with floating particles, and overuse results in negative consequences. What if Healing Touch users were exposed to Phazon radiation sometime in their lives? What if Adam was right all this time, and this particular form of medicine is truly a poison to nature?

Anyone can use the Healing Touch
All the user needs is the right circumstances and it is possible, but it requires a lot of training to utilize the full potential and abilities of the Healing Touch, so not many can use it to begin with unless they mentally trained themselves to withstand the stress it places on their mind and body. Even Dr. Hoffman said it himself that your hands become heavy when you use it, there is a huge responsibility involved with such a power, that you control the fate of human lives that have been placed in your care.

The biological attack at Cumberland College that got CR-S01 convicted involved zombies
...what? Don't look at me like that!

It's an alternate way of bringing about YHVH's view of paradise: Kill everyone but those chosen by him with disease. This also means Adam really IS Abaddon, though in a human form. After all, YHVH used Abaddon in SMT2 to get rid of a town full of Mesians.

  • Nah, Adam just had a Nihilistic view of the world. In his state he had a messiah complex believing that his man made disease could grant humankind the salvation it was seeking.
    • Adam: "Your medicine only serves to alienate Man from the natural world. Only humanity would force others to live lives not their own."
    • Adam: "Is Man's Hubris so great that he would violate life by prolonging it? The final stage of life is death. To deny that is foolishness. Your vast, undying civilizations will spill over into the sea... While the old and infirm become a rot at society's core."
    • Adam: "Man sought harmony with nature, but instead found everlasting life... as a parasite feeding off the earth's resources. That is why mankind was blessed with disease. It is natural selection—Nature passing judgment on Man. You believe medical science will save mankind— but a surplus of humans will only destroy the world we depend on. I alone know the sole path to salvation."
      • What is the big deal with connecting it with that game?!

Tomoe and Hank's stories are symbolic.
Hank is a Bad Ass Normal, and Tomoe is the descendant of a respected family, with strong ties to their past. The superhero and ninja elements are simply how they view themselves.

The Rosalia virus colony in Naomi absorbed DNA from its vector, a Monarch butterfly.
And was trying to raise one itself, to spread the virus after Naomi's death. How else do you explain that thing in her heart?

The GUILT that merged with Twisted Rosalia was Pempti.
Based entirely on the way it harms the body; through the use of several, smaller iterations of itself which must be picked off one by one before attacking the core. Its being in the heart instead of the lung is attributed to Rosalia's adaptive properties, as well as the mutation that came when their DNA RNA merged.

The GUILT that merged with the Twisted Rosalia was Savato.
Savato was made to directly attack the heart of the victim. This is the reason why the Rosalia virus settled and formed a colony directly inside. The hard shell the Twisted Rosalia made is similar to the shell of Savato, requiring great effort to fully strip away, not to mention an antisyrum had to be directly injected into both to truly destroy it. Why else would the theme for the final phase of the operation, Rosalia's G.U.I.L.T., be essentially a calmer arrangement of Mutated Savato's theme in Second Opinion, Vulnerability?

Adam/Erich was a seemingly terminal patient in constant pain, which inspired him to make Delphi.
Given how much Adam loves talking about the gift of death and how doctors violate the natural order, it seems likely that he has some sort of personal grudge against them. But why would someone hold a grudge against doctors? Probably for refusing to let him die.

It seems likely that Erich was a wealthy Austrian businessman who came down with a debilitating, and incredibly painful, condition. (It didn't even have to strike him at a young age. He's 121 years old, it's feasible that it could have struck him in his old age. 50, 60, or even 70.) The pain was intense, and he wanted nothing more than to die, but the doctors refused to euthanise, and did all they could to keep him alive, even if he could do little more than suffer in agony.

Eventually, medicine advanced, and he was treated enough so that he could walk and interact with the world again, but the constant pain for many years drove him insane, so he decided that others will not suffer, and will be brought the mercy of death. His vendetta against doctors is due to blaming them for making him suffer for so long.

Heinrich was only a little boy who grew up seeing his grandfather in constant agony, and thus willingly joined Delphi when it was formed.

Neo-GUILT, especially Alethia, is a modified form of the T-Virus.

Alethia makes an eyeball grow on the heart. Out-of-place eyeballs growing on the body? Sounds like an awfully familiar symptom of another famous manufactured virus.

Resident Evil 5 takes place in 2009, while Trauma Center happens in 2018. While it's possible that Adam managed to obtain the research notes from Umbrella to design GUILT, it seems more likely that Mercer and Acropolis combined data from Umbrella Corporation with Delphi's data on GUILT to form Neo-GUILT, as there are more similarities. Then again, Adam was practically a zombie when you met him at the end of Trauma Center, and he says it's the GUILT that's keeping him alive. There's evidence either way.

Both viruses, though quite destructive to the host's health, do grant powers and abilities. Sure, there's a fair bit of difference between becoming a huge, massive, slavering, spiked monster and just being somewhat smarter, stronger, and quicker, but the similarities are there. Not to mention the above displaced eyeball growths.

Note as well that the final monsters in most Resident Evil games are beatable only when an ally tosses you a rocket launcher right before, or during, the battle. In Under The Knife 2, Aletheia is beatable when an ally gives you the recently developed antibiotic, right before the operation.

The antidote for the Rosalia virus was in CR-S01
Think about it, how else could someone survive the bioterrorist attack on Cumberland college? CR-S01 isn't the culprit, and the true one, his foster father Albert Sartre, seemed to have injected him with something what would save his life while CR-S01's consciousness was fading. Of course whether or not it could have been extracted from his blood in the first place is another question.
Your characters in Trauma Team commit suicide if they fail an operation.
Think about it, the tapes that play over the Game Over screen sound a lot like a suicide note.

The incident which caused Dr. Hoffmann to quit surgery was the death of Derek's father.
Well, it would fit together. According to the manual, Derek is 26 years old and the incident of Dr. Hoffmann happened 20 years ago. That comes from both the manual and the in-game info. Derek lost his father when he was a little boy, and he was 6 at the time of the incident. It just fits together quite well.
  • Indeed it does, but how do you know Derek was 6 when his dad died?
    • His father died after the operation, if this troper remembers correctly.
      • That still doesn't explain how you know how old Derek was when that happened. Unless it said that in the manual. Haven't read the manual since I don't have any of the games.

You play as a spirit who helps the doctors.
Basically, you travel around, throughout all the games, and help out the doctors you come across, Derek being the first. The playing field itself is partially you advising the doctor on what to do, suggesting what tools to use, what areas to work on, ect. For those that have the Healing Touch, they help the doctors focus so they can call upon it and still last the operation. And eventually, you leave when the doctors no longer need your help. You came back in Trauma Center 2 because you were told that a new threat was approaching and Derek would need your help. You also helped out a lot in Trauma Team, Gabriel soon figuring you out and letting you help out without protest.

In the final main mission of Second Opinion, Kimishima uses her Healing Touch on Derek.
It would explain why hers seems to slow time when earlier she explicitly said she couldn't. She's not using her Touch on the patient at all, but turns to her co-surgeon and raises his natural energies to the point where time slows down for him. A single layer of Derek's Touch under those conditions is enough to make time effectively stop.

In the English-speaking version of the continuity, Derek and Angie transferred to Caduceus Japan.
Between the end of UTK 2 and the start of New Blood, the pair of them transferred their home hospital to the Japanese facility, partially as an effort to break down the stigma surrounding the Healing Touch. This would explain why they're introduced as being from Caduceus Japan in NB, yet still speak perfect English without much of a non-English accent.

By the end of New Blood, Elena is a deeply traumatized Stepford Smiler.
Elena is rather young compared to Markus and Valerie, and states early on she doesn't care where she works as long as it's with Markus. All well and good at first, until they transfer to Caduceus. Then, she finds herself working in an even more stressful environment compared to a normal medical institute, and it starts to become apparent she doesn't have the same support network with the doctors as they have with each other. Then, without much time for her to adapt, they're sequentially humiliated on TV, kidnapped and held in fear for their lives, sent into an active warzone, then serve on the second line or several major police raids. Markus and Valerie are more mature and pull through okay, but the rapid-fire experiences with nary a psych-eval in sight quickly start to eat away at Elena's sanity. She can go over her notes and parrot back operation procedures, but by the end of the game, that's about all she can do. Lines like "I have faith in your suturing skills!" aren't vapid Narm, but an honest attempt by a borderline basket case to try and communicate some support when she's ready to crack inside. The worst part is she knows the doctors are more hands-on and involved than her, and she already feels like she owes Markus enough, so even if she feels fragile she doesn't dare cry out for help.

Naomi Kimishima uses her healing touch on Alyssa
To keep her alive on route to Resurgam First Care.

CR-S01 was set up to take the fall for the biological terror attack at Cumberland College by the government
CR goes to prison while Albert Sartre goes free is not a coincidence. The government wanted Albert to continue his research and to those ends destroyed all evidence that would cast doubt on CR's Guilt.

Naomi Kimishima has a very odd sense of gallows humor
Ever noticed how her metaphors line up with the way the body was found?

Hank Freebird is Brock
Brock, tired and disillusioned by his life as a gym leader and trainer left the pokémon nation and went to medical school to do something more constructive with his life. Years later he's changed his name and works as an orthopedist, though he still has his tan and constantly squinting eyes. His fondness of rock types still shows: both in his catchphrase ("Rock Solid!") and his choice to specialize in bones.

The term "Cancer" has been done away with
Throughout Trauma Team the main doctors deal with several kinds of tumors. Phrases like "malignant" and "metastasis" are used, which in real life are associated with cancerous tumors, but "cancer" as a disease name is never used. Why? Because in the future both the medical community and the general public have recognized "cancer" as an unhelpful term since it's a catchall that can refer to any number of similar but highly varying conditions that are all treated in different ways (if bone cancer and skin cancer, for example, are caused and treated differently, and have totally different survival rates, why call them both the same disease?). Instead, a neoplasm is just referred to as a tumor, and the specific disease causing that tumor is referred by a more scientific (and more specific) name (i.e., Kaposi's Sarcoma, Malignant Melanoma, etc).

The healing touch is actually a form of time manipulation.
After all, there's no way most of these things would be treatable without the doctors in question actually knowing what they're dealing with . Pempti, for example has attacks that more or less need memorized in order to beat/cure it. The doctors with it remember every time they've failed an operation. Hoffman did his best, but despite countless tries, couldn't save his patient and gave up.

If there is ever going to be a sequel to Under the Knife 2, some of the possible operations will include....
  • Derek being badly hurt stuck in a situation were he cannot get away from, and is forced to operate on himself (Extracting a bullet and suturing his own wounds).
  • A life or death operation on Angie that will one and for all cement their status as an Official Couple.
    • Bonus points if she contracted the same disease Derek's father, bringing his personal journey to a full circle and show how far modern medicine and his own skills as a doctor had advanced.


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