I'm writing a science fiction book in which a lot of combat is going to occur. The main character will be largely removed from this issue, as he has special powers, but most of the cast are going to be vanilla mortals. In action movies, it's common to see heroes stabbed, shot, run over by cars, etc., and just keep going. Though a science fiction novel is going to take many liberties with reality, I'd like to keep basic facts of life as close to the truth as is possible. So... If anyone knows of good reference books and/or web sites with good information on the effects of injuries, specifically blades, bullets, and blunt-force trauma, I'd really appreciate it. I did a lot of searching, and even tried finding injury forums. Unfortunately, all I found were emergency treatments and advice for various basic injuries, and sites dedicated to suing people. Understandable, but antagonizing. The information I'm looking for is more in the nature of question and answer. For instance, if a person is stabbed or slashed in a certain body part, and the penetration was 'n' inches deep, what are the likely results? What is the level of shock the body could be expected to go into, and how much would this limit the person's ability to move, and possibly survive? Same idea with bullets and getting hit with blunt objects. I know this will vary with body size, toughness, etc., but I need to know broad generalities. If a person gets hit with a thrown knife in the thigh, could they realistically pull it out, bind the wound and continue on, or would that be completely out of the question? These are the kind of questions I'm hoping to answer. Any help is greatly appreciated.