Severe Head Trauma
June 9, 2012 7:47 AM Subscribe
Subdural hematoma in the 19th Century. Dead on the feet, or treatable?
posted by chengjih to science & nature (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We saw a movie last night where a character fell and struck his head during a fight. The character got up in a daze, wandered back to his hotel room and lay down, and died overnight. There was a hint of blood running from one ear, to indicate the severity of the injury. The movie takes place in mid-to-late 19th Century Britain.
Out of curiosity, was this a survivable injury in that time period, given medical technology and knowledge? There was a physician living in that hotel who came this next day to verify the character's death. If he had been there the night before, could the character have lived?