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There is infinite variation to the human body and to the human experience, so as a writer keep in mind that you have a little leeway to play with most things. Medical and psychological information presented is often based on the “average” experience – and your (or your character’s) personal experience with a disease, injury, etc may differ widely.Â Also keep in mind that fiction has to be truer than reality to be believed. There really have been people who have survived (pre-antibiotic, pre-surgical era) having poles shoved through their brains. Most readers wouldn’t buy it in fiction, though.
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