Post by Nitedarer on Sept 27, 2020 17:16:13 GMT
It is important to note that in this time period, methods of treating wounds and ailments were nowhere near standardized globally. There were, however, regions and nations that had generally accepted and recorded procedures for physicians and priests to adhere to. This did not stop people from deviating from the steps and tweaking some parts to better fit what they believed to be the correct treatment. Scholars would keep records of successful treatments, herbal usages, surgeries, and more that aspiring physicians would study. Experiments were conducted to better learn anatomy and physiology, but these examinations were often shunned by the church for their abhorrence and blasphemy. All in all, being a healer meant using the treatments that you knew to be correct, either from what you have learned or from what you have tried.
In RP, try to allow yourself freedom within realism. Do not feel like you have to treat an arrow wound this one way just because you saw it done on another server. Do not feel like you have to always use stitches because it seems to make the most sense. Allow yourself to match your medical RP to whatever culture your character is a part of. Perhaps even note a surgery your character attempted in your biography that worked. Feel free to base your character's treatments off of the common practices below according to culture, or even mix and match depending on what your character was taught; or even create your own within reason.
Common practices throughout the world:
Nearly every medical procedure can be accompanied by the use of herbs. Read up on the common herbs of Calradia here to decide what your character will prefer.
Arrow wound: There are three principles of treating arrow wounds that are widely known throughout the world. First, examine the angle of entry and degree to which its parts are visible. Second, extract the arrow quickly and delicately. Third, control the bleeding. If an arrow was shallow and clearly unbarbed, a simple yank and wound stuffing could suffice. However, for more complex injuries where the arrow might be lodged between bone or organs, a more delicate method is preferred. A common practice was to use clamping forceps or an extra pair of hands to hold the arrow while either a rod or the blade of a knife could be inserted along the shaft of the arrow into the wound, widening it enough to push the arrowhead away from the muscle and onto the rod or blade as a kind of slide to pull the arrow out.
Sword or dagger slash: Sword slashes are often treated by a simple stuffing and application of a yarrow poultice to stop the bleeding until it is slow enough to be stitched closed. Many Swadian physicians prefer the application of honey to a newly stitched wound as a sort of antiseptic. Deeper slashes where the bleeding is profuse and unrelenting may need to be cauterized instead. This is done by heating a metal rod or blade of a sword to red-hot, then pressing it to the wound to meld the flesh together. This process is incredibly painful and usually requires extra personnel to hold the patient down while being carried out, as even unconscious patients will sometimes awake from the pain. If a limb is injured beyond repair, an amputation is usually performed to prevent rot and disease.
Blunt wounds: Blunt wounds, such as heavy bruising or trauma from a hammer or mace, leave a distinct brown or deep purple mark on the affected area. In order to prevent the continuation of internal bleeding, physicians may create an incision on the bruised area to drain the blood under the skin, thus relieving pressure on the area. The application of or even ingestion of yarrow is common to prevent any additional internal bleeding.
Burns: Burns are a tricky type of injury that requires delicacy and patience. Much of the time, the most that can be done for a burn is the application of herbal poultices and salves in order to heal the area. There are debates between physicians across Calradia on which herbs are best to use on a burned area. Yarrow, Honey, Thyme, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Thistle are among some of the most popular choices. Burn wounds are often monitored over a span of days or weeks to ensure the wound does not worsen and to reapply treatment.
Bone breakage: Bone breakage is where many physicians feel most helpless. Usually the most that can be done is to splint the wound and keep the patient off of their feet. This is a lot to ask as life in these times requires most people to work for themselves. Therefore, constant monitoring of of the area is required. Healers argue over which herbs are best used, or whether any of them even work at all. Read up on the herbs guide to decide for yourself!
Illness: Illness is a broad term for the many ailments that commonly afflict people in this period. Herbal teas and ingestants are prepared for patients, and it is often times a case of trial and error to find which herbs best cure each illness.
Infection: Infection commonly follows any of the injuries listen above and can be life-threatening. The prevention of infection through the use of herbal treatments is the best practice a physician can follow, but in the case of infection forming, knowing how to deal with it is equally important. It is common practice among priests and members of the clergy to burn away at the infection, then treat the burn. Experimental physicians may decide to be more precise in order to save some skin around the area by cutting away at the infection. It is common belief among the Nords that an application of Wormwood will rid of the infection, while Khergit shamans might prepare a concoction of different herbs and spices into a 'potion' in an attempt to diminish the symptoms.
Swadians: Swadian physicians have the most access to treatment records and histories that they study during their apprenticeship, as well as the most shared knowledge among the realm. They are perhaps the most medically advanced nation and are well versed in the treatment of nearly every wound or ailment known to man.
Rhodoks: Rhodoks enjoy the largest variety of treatment in all of Calradia. They are considered the second most medically advanced nation, but due to their high number of physicians, many procedures, experiments, and surgeries have been carried out. One physician may know of fifteen different ways to treat one type of wound, and thus can decide which option is best depending on the patient.
Sarranids: Sarranid physicians are renowned for their ability to treat illness. The vast knowledge of herbal teas in their nation allows them to quickly diagnose and fight ailments that others would struggle with. They believe the burning of incense is the best way to prevent the spread and acquisition of disease.
Khuzaits: Khuzait physicians are best known for their ability to fight infection. They have many shared traditions within their tribes of creating various potions that will sizzle upon touching an infected piece of flesh, ridding the area of the rot within a matter of days.
Nords: Nords are the most experienced users of herbs in their treatments. Due to their geographical location, they have the largest access to the many herbs of Calradia. Nordic warriors are feared for their ability to recover quickly from wounds, but that is thanks to the nearly perfect use of herbal remedies after the treatment of a wound.
Vaegirs: Vaegir physicians are looked upon by many as the best and most efficient treaters of wounds. Their lack of access to as many herbs as other nations has forced them to perfect their procedures and surgeries in order to keep their mortality rate in check with the other realms.