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Preview — Badge of Infamy by Lester del Rey
Badge of Infamy
So... why only the 3-star rating? I guess mainly because I couldn't accept the extent of the hostile reaction this doctor received for his crime - helping a dying man. Supposedly there were regulations (by the all-powerful medical lobby) dictating when and where a doctor c ...more
Lester Del Rey was working as an editor at the time when a manuscript for a new fantasy ...more
The medical bureaucracy portrayed in this book makes it almost seem prophetic considering the medical problems in this country now. It is a decent story but that makes it better than average. Our medical problems a ...more
I won't go over the synopsis of this story as the goodreads write-up gives a sufficient indication of what to expect, but I will add tha ...more
Daniel Feldman was a doctor once. He made the mistake of saving a friend's life in violation of Medical Lobby rules. Now, he's a pariah, shunned by all, forbidden to touch another patient. But things are more loose on Mars. There, Doc Feldman is welcomed by the colonists, even as he's hunted by the authorities. But, when he discovers a Martian plague may soon wipe out humanity on two planets, Feldman finds himself a pivotal figure. War erupts. Earth is poised to wipe out the
Daniel Feldman is a pariah -- once a successful doctor, his lisence has been revoked after he performed a life-saving operation outside a designated hospital zone. With nothing for him on Earth but a life of poverty, Feldman stows away on a ship to Mars.
Mars is ... well, you know the deal. Colony world kept in hock to Earth, receives only the minimal resources necessary to keep it profitable, limited medical facilities, etc. The colonists, naturally, are willing to accept even a pariah doctor. A ...more
Early in the story, Del Rey draws a straight line from America's adoption of universal suffrage to the emergence of special interest lobbies as the supreme branch of government. The rest of the book is a serviceable, if brief, adventure yarn about a doctor who ran afoul of malpractice laws and was made pariah by the medical lobby.
That Del Rey makes such ...more
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