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Dal Timgar had always wanted to be a doctor. As a Garvian and the first non-human to study medicine on Hospital Earth, he must face enormous adversity from classmates, professors, and some of the highest ranking physicians on all of Earth. Will his efforts be enough to earn him the Silver Star of a Star Surgeon?

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"Alan E. Nourse sure knew how to write! This
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Published June 14th 2007 by LibriVox (first published 1959)
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Manny
Jun 30, 2015 Manny rated it liked it
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Noran Miss Pumkin
Audio via YouTube. A vintage 6o's Sci Fi story, written by a medical doctor. I wonder if he had the idea before Star Trek? The Earth develops space travel , and discovers a federation of worlds. Each planet, that is a member has to meet two criteria. First is to have the advanced technology for extended space travel. The second was to offer a special service/skill to the federation. Earth specialty became medicine/medical care. By contract of course, just like a policy. Four branches of service, ...more
Gregoire
Note : 3 étoiles pour cette novella plutôt YA écrite en 1960 par un auteur pratiquement inconnu en France

Le thème : la vocation professionnelle ou comment la force morale et la compétence permet une insertion malgré un ostracisme flagrant (m'a semblé fortement inspiré par Stars Sturgeon de James WHITE pour la vision soins aux ET )

des défauts : un peu trop moralisateur avec des ficelles très voyantes et peu crédibles (pourquoi les humains seraient-ils les seuls à avoir développé une science médic
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John Desmarais
May 27, 2016 John Desmarais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a weird soft spot for medical drama science-fiction, so this book fits well into my personal tastes. Although a bit dated (it is nearly 60 years old) it holds up pretty well. Nourse's writing style was just a bit ahead of his time, so hit proses lacks some of the odd stilted was that many of his contemporaries share, making this a very easy read. Fun bits of light dramatic tension, although most readers will probably guess what the final resolution will be early in the book. All in all, a ...more
Perry Whitford
Aug 04, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just who in the name of DeForest Kelley would think to write a Star Trek-style science fiction novel featuring the Earth as part of a Galactic Confederation of spacefaring species in which the heroes boldly going where no one has gone before are - wait for it - doctors?

Answer? A doctor, of course.

In physician and sci-fi writer Alan E. Nourse's take on the future, we will all come to live on Hospital Earth, and due to our superior skills with surgery and all things medical will be 'in charge of t
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Bryn George
Jul 23, 2017 Bryn George rated it it was ok
I'm going to be honest here, this book wasn't worth the read. The idea was interesting, but it felt that the author couldn't make up his mind on how to end the book. Just very dissatisfied with this book, it could have been so much better.
Mary May
One of my first introductions to science fiction, I read this book when I was in Grade 7. Its story has stuck with me all these years and I am determined to find a copy somewhere and read it again.
Chimeradragon
Jun 01, 2017 Chimeradragon rated it really liked it
pretty good story. there were a few parts that seemed to be a bit rushed. but overall an enjoyable read.
Michelle R. Wood
Oct 15, 2014 Michelle R. Wood rated it really liked it
Shelves: solo, science-fiction
Space opera creators tend to focus on military commanders and revolutionary leaders, plucky adventurers and scrappy underdogs. Until I read Star Surgeon I never considered what an entire story based on intergalactic medicine might look like. Turns out doctors are as complex, imaginative, and just plain fun to sail the stars with as any other hero, with the boldest mission yet: not only to seek out new life, but to save it as well.

Star Surgeon is also unique in choosing to cast an alien character
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Kris
Apr 26, 2011 Kris rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
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Jacey
Mar 10, 2012 Jacey rated it it was ok
Very much a product of its time.

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
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Jim
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

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Brian Smith
Oct 17, 2016 Brian Smith rated it liked it
A bizarre and unlikely future, Star Surgeon is more fantasy than hard science fiction. No intelligent machines whatsoever inhabit this future. Dated card- and ticker-tape using computers abound. I listened to this book as a LibriVox public domain audiobook on YouTube. The story hasn't aged well, but some aspects of it are surprisingly modern. For example, despite being published in 1959, only 6 years after the discovery of the structure of DNA, many modern ideas are present, including full bioch ...more
***Dave Hill
Jan 09, 2012 ***Dave Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text, favorites
Not much to add. Still an enjoyable read.

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JAN 2012

One of my YA loves from my own youth, this book still stands up pretty decently over the decades. Nourse's own medical background helps lend verisimilitude to this tale of the first alien to try and become an accredited surgeon on a future Earth. Earth is a provisional member of the Galactic federation, specializing in medical science, and some think that letting aliens into to club will remove that monopolistic leverage.

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Archy
Dec 27, 2015 Archy rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books in grade school. I read it again recently while at the airport. The Earth is the health care provider for the Federation and the entire planet has been turned into a hospital with support facilities. A promising, young alien makes it through medical school and then is the first non-human to go on to residency. Yes, this book reads like an old, children's science fiction novel. The discussion on medical decision making and the process of becoming professionally i ...more
P.M.
Dec 27, 2012 P.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dal Tilgar wants to be a doctor more than anything. But... he is an alien who has managed to graduate from a Terran medical school where he has had to deal with prejudice. The medical board does not want to certify him or give him an assignment. Luckily, he does have a patron who manages to convince the board to put Dal on probation. He sets sail on a hospital ship with fellow newbies Jack and Tiger. When they come to a plague planet, the three must work together to solve the insolvable. With th ...more
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
This was downloaded from Project Gutenberg. Published in 1959, one of the early books exploring medical technology controlled by Earth and provided to the galaxy. Story of a young alien wanting to be a doctor, who applied at the medical schools on earth, was accepted and trained. His subsequent trials as senior medical team members wanted him removed, believing that the future of earth was to be served only by individual born and raised on earth that are the doctors to the galaxy. Surprise endin ...more
Randy
Jun 17, 2010 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of a future world where Hospital Earth was the mdeical arm of the Galactic Confederation. Giant hospital ships patrolled sectors and the smaller General Practice Patrol ships followed a circuit as well as answering emergencies.

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,
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Lacey
Jul 26, 2013 Lacey rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Considering this was written in 1959, this was actually really good. It's about an alien named Dal who really wants to be a surgeon for Hospital Earth. He has to face "racism" among the teachers and students during his training, cuz they don't want no alien becoming a doctor and what not. Humans are the best surgeons and doctors in this story. He he he! But even among all the discord he comes across, he raises up and doesn't let the "racism" get him down. I enjoyed listening to this story and yo ...more
Sian Bradshaw
Feb 15, 2016 Sian Bradshaw rated it it was ok
I did like this book but it suffered from one major omission.

I enjoyed the description of the institutions and got a real feeling of how hard the protagonist battles, as an alien, to be accepted as a doctor and work towards surgeon. I enjoyed the mentioned of his undefined friend, Fuzzy. I liked the idea that an infection could be a race of people.

But the reason I have given this two stars is that it sets itself up as a book about the other and discrimination. Not a single woman is ever mentione
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Jeannie
Oct 05, 2013 Jeannie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2013, audible
(Audible) This story is very much of another day - there are no women mentioned in the entire book and the characters interact with viral pathogens without the fear that we now have of the HIV virus - but it's a solid, entertaining story. It's either written for the YA market or suitable for that market (in 1960!) but I liked the three main characters, simple thought their characterizations were and this is a good example of a story that is great for the Audible market. Who could resist doctors ...more
Tim
Sep 08, 2009 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good read. Well worth your time if you are interested in a little retro-sci fi adventure. (Course, it wasn't retro when it was written in 1959).

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.
Nicole
Oct 23, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Dal Timgar and his very small, fuzzy, pink companion. Dal is studying medicine on Earth.
"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 . . ."
Marts  (Thinker)
May 09, 2010 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Dal Timgar, a Garvian, attempts to become a surgeon of Hospital Earth!....
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!!
B. Zedan
Aug 07, 2008 B. Zedan rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Folks who are cool with a mid-par story of overcoming prejudice
In Future, racial oppression is based on what world you're from, and only Earthlings get to be doctors. Oh noes, seriously? But Main Character totally slogs on anyhow and goes to school on Hospital Earth (what? yes, apparently only humans figured out how to overcome bacteria nasties, do brain surgery and stop plague, etc.), a planet bucking for galactic membership.

It is okay! Everyone learns this lesson in the end and loves each other.
Marianne
Feb 06, 2013 Marianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone, sci-fi
Written in the mid 60s, this book reads a bit like it's written for "young adults." A story of galactic civilizations and prejudice overcome, but written in a rather obvious and simplistic fashion. The drama is mostly a young doctor's concern for his continuing career being cut short unfairly, but there's a nice bit of medical intrigue near the end. If the entire book had a bit more of that interest, I would rate it higher, but ultimately, it felt bland.
Robin
May 03, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
A fun romp with some classic sci-fi, if you don't mind a little xenophobia with your storytelling. It amazed me that an author would write a book with such a rampant amount of xenophobia in an otherwise enlightened intergalactic alliance, although this does end up being a central point of the book.

A fairly easy read with mostly likeable characters and some interesting alien species.
Miracheskis
Jun 15, 2008 Miracheskis rated it it was amazing
I read this as an audio book and I enjoyed it so much that I'm thinking of getting a print copy. It's kinda like the movie Outbreak, only in space. Where the protagonist is the first alien to get through medical training on "Hospital Earth." In other words, fun.A little dated in feel, in some of the technology (microfilm-like data tapes), but it's still wonderful. :)
Kimbolimbo
May 08, 2008 Kimbolimbo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially sci-fi geeks and the medically-minded
Shelves: read-in-2008
Interesting book about prejudice. It is set in the future when space travel is common and many alien races have formed a Galactic Federation. Humans have the talent for medicine, they are the doctors of the Galactic Federation and they take great pride in their abilities. How will they react when an alien applies to join their medical profession?
Wes
Feb 14, 2013 Wes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Basically this was a Sci Fi a hospital drama about racial acceptance and standing on up on your own under the pressure. Make the main character some sort of minority and set it in any modern medicine time period and you have a hospital drama found in countless TV shows and movies.

Fun little Sci Fi story. Super quick read.
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Alan Edward Nourse was an American science fiction (SF) author and physician. He also wrote under the name Dr. X
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
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