A Medical View of Hurt/Comfort

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Title: A Medical View of Hurt/Comfort (Reality v. Fiction)
Editor(s): Vonne Shepard, RN, BSN
Date(s): 1996 (first edition), 2000 (second edition)
Medium: print
Fandom: panfandom
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cover of second edition

Vonne Shepard, a registered nurse and hurt/comfort fan, put together an incredibly useful 15-page booklet called "A Medical View of Hurt/Comfort (Reality vs. Fiction)", published in zine format. She had the help of other nurses in writing it, and it was edited by Kathy Snow.

The booklet covered about a dozen basic injury types, giving a short, easy-to-read overview of what each injury really is and what sort of effects it has on the body, including recovery time (and in some case, the names of some drugs that might be administered in the hospital).

For example, in the section on broken bones, Vonne explains:

One thing to avoid, unless you want your hero to be invalided out, is a break of the femur, or thigh bone. A broken femur would probably take at least a year to rehab sufficiently for an agent to return to the field, if at all, and would involve major traction. Likewise, any injury to the spinal column or neck would require extensive recuperation and rehabilitation, and would probably be career-threatening for a field agent. (p. 4)

After the written descriptions, Vonne included a series of medical plates so people could easily see how the body is structured, followed by a list of websites to find fanfic with good medical writing.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Head Injuries
  • Bullet Wounds
  • Broken Bones
  • Stabbing Wounds
  • Dehydration
  • Strangulation
  • Poisoning
  • Groin Injuries
  • Additional Medical Conditions
  • Some miscellaneous thoughts

List of Plates

  • The Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System - Anterior
  • The Muscular System - Posterior
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Heart
  • The Internal Organs
  • The Skull and Brain
  • The Male Reproductive System