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I fully agree with D dwdonhoff.

Story:

My first systems engineering design was to bring computer technology to the ward level treatment of massively burned humans. Anciently, severe burning (2nd - 3rd degree burns covering more than 50% of the body) meant death. Always. Burns cause massive fluid loss out of affected cells and blood vessels into the intercellular tissues, bringing on shock and various severe organ dysfunctions.

Survival was greatly extended by massive infusions of fluid (saline solution or plasma), replacing the fluid that was (temporarily and this is CRUCIAL) lost into the intracellular tissues.

However, even with fluid replacement victims mostly died anyway (after surviving with terrible pain) from rapid and massive infections. This was handled by sulfa drugs and anti-biotics.

Then they still died mostly -- after even longer lasting agonizing pain -- from excess of fluid causing kidney failure, high blood pressure, pulmonary edema, and congestive heart failure as the body re-absorbed all of the fluid from the intra-cellular tissues, even though no more fluids were being added to the body.

I came up with crude algorithms that could predict the timing of the flood of reabsorbed fluids coming into the circulatory system based on mapping the severity of burn over different parts of bodies together with weight, age, and etc., calculated on a ward level PDP-8. This gave the doctors and nursing staff a probable picture of the expected fluid loads and told them when to taper off new fluids and when to begin administering diuretics.


Central Bankers would love to have an equivalent algorithm today regarding money. It does not exist. Extra monetary units are sloshing around in the "intra-cellular tissues" of the body, replaced by Bernanke helicopters and puts, and we have no clear idea of how much or when they will come back into "circulation."

As david dwdonhoff points out, we could have inflation with no presses running.

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