Medical treatment is far from an exact science in the Old World, and most people have justly learned to fear a visit to the Physician's Guildhouse. Patients of an Old World doctor are likely to face bleeding, amputation, undre-anesthesetised (a few pulls on a whiskey bottle if they're lucky!) surgery, and worse in the course of their treatment. Yet amazingly, they sometimes emerge from these treatments in better health. Medicine may not be pretty but it is occasionally effective... and it is often the only alternative to death or life as an invalid.