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Preview — Star Surgeon by Alan E. Nourse
Star Surgeon is also unique in choosing to cast an alien character ...more
Excerpt: ... now it seemed they were walking through an incredible treasure-trove stocked with everything that they could possibly have wanted. For Jack there was a dress uniform, specially tailored for a physician in the Blue Service of Diagnosis, the insignia woven into the cloth with gold and platinum thread. Reluctantly he turned away from it, a luxury he could never dream of affording. For Tiger, who had been muttering for weeks about getting out of condition in the sedentary life of the s
Earth is poised on the brink of becoming a full member of the Galactic Federation. Of all the races so far encountered Earth's humans have the best skills in medicine, and Earth has become the sole provider of medical services to the galaxy at large, contracting out their services to a multiplicity of species. Dal Timgar is the first non-human to be accepted by Hospital Earth as a student. His ambition is to become a surgeon.
He encounters hostility and prejudice ...more
Good stuff with (obvious to me today) lessons on racial prejudice, creative ...more
In such a world, Dal Timgar, an alien, dared to want to be a doctor. Most of humanity wanted him to fail, with only one friend, classmate Tiger Martin, and one backer, one of the powerful Black Doctors of Pathology, Arnquist. But an equally powerful Black Doctor, ...more
Hmm.. I enjoyed this tale, Dal is a Garvian from the planet of a distant star who people are traders, but he decides he wants to be a surgeon, goes to medical school for 8 years, tops the class, sounds good huh, but there's a problem, Hospital Earth doesn't usually accept persons of alien races! Well Dal ends up having quite a few adventures, read about them... Sci fi fans and Alan Nourse fans would enjoy this tale!!
It is okay! Everyone learns this lesson in the end and loves each other.
The most fascinating part of it is that, despite the slightly dated elements, it still hits a number of medical advancements on the head heart transplants, fetal stem cells (being used to grow tissues used for transplant), and the total comodification of medical treatment.
"But as long as Dal could remember, he had wanted to be a doctor. From the first time he had seen a General Practice Patrol ship landing in his home city to fight the plague that was killing his people by the thousands, he had known that this was what he wanted more than anything else: to be a physician of Hospital Earth . . ."
A fairly easy read with mostly likeable characters and some interesting alien species.
He wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science.
Alan Nourse was born to Benjamin and Grace (Ogg) Nourse. He attended high school in Long Island, New York. He served in the U.S. Navy after World War II. He earned a Bachelor of Sci ...more