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Understanding of new technologies emerging for space medicine will become ever-more important with the soon-to-come plunging of launch prices, enabling thousands of people, many not necessarily in the best of physical health, to visit space in the near future. In addition, with that much activity, the chances of accidents will vastly increase, and many of them will need to be dealt with in space, because waiting for an ambulance to get back to Earth may be too late. But we haven’t developed protocols or procedures for surgery or burn treatments in free fall (though ironically, that may be the best environment in which to treat a burn victim, and conceivably, there could even be orbital hospitals for such cases).
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