Let me say first, I'm disinclined to believe that lead bullets were used, or used on a regular basis, as pain management. Otherwise, why not be part of a standard issue medical kit?
Now the Devil's Advocate:
Ask yourself thisL Where are all these "pain bullets" coming from? The medical staff certainly isn't hauling around cases of bullets. The soldiers have all of their equipment taken from them (personal items receipted for) when they arrive at the hospital, and many, if not birtually all, have their weapons and accoutrements left behind when they reach the field dressing station, or just dropped in place when picked up by the ambulance or litter bearers. It's excess gear, and excess weight, and the medical staff doesn't want to deal with it.
Why couldn't a surgeon just carry one in a pocket and use it over and over? It's not like he would be worried about germs.
Noah. 1. Breathe. 2. Suspend disbelief and go to a movie for entertainment value. If it's supposed to be a historically accurate piece and they get something wrong, then okay. Guys getting the crap beat out of them and then walking fine in the next scene is not authentic. My mom's pet peeve is that people can drive up to a building in a movie and there is always a parking space.
I'm a photographer (at times) and was in a movie (as an extra) that was semi-historical set in the 1940s. I played a Press Photographer using a Speed Graphic. I wanted to be 100% accurate. Those cameras use a metal film holder. The holder slides in the back. There are two metal film guards (I forget the technical terms) that cover two sheets of film on either side of the film holder. To shot the image, one slides out the film guard closet to the front, takes the image and then flips the guard (the guards are different colors on each side like black and sliver ~ again, it's been a long time) and slides it back in. That tells the photographer that that piece of film has been exposed. Then, the entire film holder is pulled out and flipped so that the other piece of film can be exposed. Even though there was no film, I was doing this during the scene. Movie scenes are shot from many different angles, with and without sound, etc. When they were doing the close-ups on the star and she was doing her dialog and the boom mike was right next to me, the sound guy "asked" me not to make all that noise. And thus ended the true authenticity of the scene. Does anyone but photographers give it any notice at all and then only if they are familiar with that type of camera? Probably not.
God, what was that entire rambling about? I'd delete it, but it took too long to type.
Things to notice in movies, especially older movies with lower budgets.
• Cars being crashed are much older then the rest of the cars. (Not so much true in newer movies).
• Phone numbers are always 555. An exchange that until recently was never used. I know that's obvious to most of us, but until a few years ago, my best friend hadn't realized it.
• Cars that fly through the air and exploding often don't have engines in them if one looks carefully. (Again mostly old, low budget movies or TV shows)
• Finally, the streets in night scenes are almost always wet no matter what the weather has been. That's because wet streets film nicer.
But as for accurate, I'm reading Gangrene and Glory currently. At some point the author says flags were flown at half-mast. Technically, only on ships are flags flown at half-mast. Elsewhere ashore, flags are flown at half-staff. A minor detail, but what other minor details are incorrect and I just don't know it?
PS ~ Noah started it!
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Civilian, but not always Civil
53rd Indiana Vol. Inf. Co. I (for my Great, Great Grandfather Private William Haas)