And that was "just" chickenpox.
Moderns have no idea of what diphtheria was like. Or, for that matter, tetanus. (I once knew a patient who'd survived "lockjaw" though -- it still happens rarely).
Update 10/31/09: Charlie Stross reminded me of a great post I read some time ago.
See also. (Jim is (a) a paramedic and (b) a novelist. I rate this discussion slightly more highly than the Wired article that's currently doing the rounds.)
Yes, that's a great reference. I added it as an update to my original post; I'd read it some time ago. It's great work.
I laughed at your post this morning! Your "meat probe" metaphor was clearly a bit potent for the mass readership. You must incorporate it into a story.
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