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Hospital Station Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 1984


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 12, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345320689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345320681
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,399,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on May 27, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The earlier volumes of the series were collections of stories written for magazines, but as the publishing world altered over time, the emphasis changed to full-length novels. A new reader can begin at any point, since White is careful to fill in the background, often via an explanation delivered to a new trainee, visitor, or Monitor Corps pilot. This book is part of the omnibus edition _Beginning Operations_.
"Medic" - One of the earliest entries in the series in terms of internal chronology; *the* earliest is the first story in the collection _Sector General_, describing how the hospital came to be founded, while this story relates how O'Mara, a member of the hospital's original construction crew, wound up looking after the hospital's first patient. In later years, O'Mara sealed the file on this story, but couldn't completely hush it up no matter how hard he tried. :) If you're curious about how O'Mara evolved into the gruff personality we know best, read _Mind Changer_.
"Sector General" - Not to be confused with the short story collection of the same name, which is in the omnibus edition _Alien Emergencies_. Conway makes his first appearance as the viewpoint character, a position he occupied until the conclusion of _Star Healer_. He's only been at Sector General for 2 months, and as an ardent pacifist deeply resents the Monitor Corps, when in an emergency he gets his first dose of an Educator tape, and the resulting problems land him his first real meeting with Chief Psychologist O'Mara. Then his first ship rescue assignment confronts him with a fear-maddened entity, who (having killed Carmody, the gentle Padre of the psychology department) brings Conway face-to-face with a kill-or-be-killed situation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wolf@ixchel.imp.mx on April 26, 1998
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Just imagine how a first class space hospital must be, hundreds of different ambiental conditions, aliens and sickness.
The doctors must be creative, intelligent and corageous, to treat unknow species in conditions were nothing is what it seems, tear your patient into pieces to safe its life, try to run trough corridors of chlorine, high gravity , water, to safe a life, or try to convince your simbiotic assistant that your are doing the best treatment, when he can easily crush you.

Be prepared for the most inmersive sci fi novel you have read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Camp on January 22, 2008
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In 1957, Murray Leinster's "Med Service" appeared in _Astounding_, launching his popular series about Dr. Calhoun and his Tormal sidekick, Murgatroyd. That same year, James White's story "Sector General" appeared in the British science fiction magazine _New Worlds_, launching another science fictional medical series. I have always enjoyed Leinster's stories, but the stories by James White are far superior.

One reason is the richness of the setting in the Sector General stories. Leinster's stories all take place on scattered planets. Med Service headquarters is in a kind of shadowy background. It is true that one story, "Ribbon in the Sky," has a brief scene at headquarters; but it is done so quickly that we never have a chance to visualize the setting.

White takes the opposite tack. He starts by imagining the headquarters in detail. Let us suppose that we have a galaxy teeming with different life forms. Let us also suppose that we even have contact with some extra-galactic races. How will they be treated for medical problems? The answer is Sector General, a mega-sized space station shaped "like a misshapen Christmas tree." White must have had a grand time working out the details of how different races will be classified, how the corridors will be marked, what the plumbing and atmosphere pipes will be like, how the different sections for different planetary environments will be designed, how communications problems will be handled, how medical problems will be diagnosed (not always easy to do!), and what kind of treatments will be given.

White has also carefully worked out the roles of different staff members at the hospital. What do the doctors and nurses of a mutitude of races do? What role does the Monitor corps (something like a military police force) play?
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