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posted 08-26-2005 03:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for deborahknowles   Click Here to Email deborahknowles     Edit/Delete Message
How would C13th people have understood e.g. being knocked out? They obviously knew the diference between life and death but would they have known what signs to look for? (I know a bit later they used a mirror to check if someone was still breathing but that was more in Shakespeare's day) I am having difficulty describing these sort of things in my novel. Cheers.


posted 08-26-2005 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
I would have thought just simple checking for heartbeat etc. Maybe they even knew how to check a pulse. At least a monk or someone from the church, which was the nearest they had to a doctor, would. If it was a deep coma, I would say 'hard luck!'. You'd no doubt end up buried or burnt.
Not a nice thought.

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posted 01-01-2006 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve-O-Gerst   Click Here to Email Steve-O-Gerst     Edit/Delete Message
I don't think the american red cross is the first organization to ever realize "Hey, I can stick my ear next to this dude's mouth, and look at his chest at the same time." Try it with a friend. It's REALLY easy to tell whether or not someone is breathing.

For literary flare, you might use the victorian phrase "knocked unsensible." It's not exactly Old English, but I don't think you want your readers to need a paid translator.

posted 01-18-2006 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SwordOfErin   Click Here to Email SwordOfErin     Edit/Delete Message
I'm assuming they would understand the basics, I mean, they might be knocking themselves out all the time (with those helmets and stuff). They should at least understand being winded or dazed, although if someone becomes delirious they might just consider it an odd sleep. I also assume they understood basic life signs (breathing, heartbeat). They probably got a lot of information from observing, particularily in the medical profession.

posted 01-19-2006 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
Sorry to be pedantic, but I suspect that rather than, "knocked unsensible" (knocked stupid) you mean "knocked insensible" (knocked unconscious).

See: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=2&q=insensible

Although if a particularly serious bump on the head then brain damage might cause the former to apply!

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