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Product Details

  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708881874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708881873
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,910,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on May 24, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the last Sector General story in which Peter Conway is the central figure. After this volume, White never again used him as the viewpoint character, and instead began experimenting with telling stories from other perspectives (just as good, let me hasten to add). At this point in his career, Conway's been a rising star among the staff of the massive interstellar hospital for years, and has had a long and successful tenure as the chief physician of the medical team of the ambulance ship Rhabwar, working with his wife (pathologist Murchison), the caterpillar-like Naydrad (whose people have no concept of deceit since their body language makes it impossible among their own kind), and the fragile Cinrusskin empath Prilicla (whose species considers deceit a survival tool in ensuring a pleasant emotional atmosphere).

When Prilicla relays a summons from Chief Psychologist O'Mara, Conway realizes from his friend's agitation - and refusal to mention the details of the promotion it just received - that O'Mara has a surprise for him. Prilicla, it turns out, is replacing Conway as chief of the Rhabwar team - but Conway isn't being demoted. He's being offered promotion to Diagnostician status - the highest rank, and carrying the greatest risks, in the hospital. Not merely risks to life and limb, but to sanity; unlike physicians of lesser stature, Diagnosticians permanently carry multiple Educator tapes, those mental recordings that give them the total life experience - and assorted emotional baggage - of the alien physicians who provided them. (Rather like being possessed by several conflicting, and usually unpleasant, personalities at once, all of whom have their own ideas about everything from food to sexual partners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Queen Cobra, Goddess of Truth and Justice on July 24, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Senior Physician Conway is happy as chief medical officer of the Ambulance Ship Rhabwar. His talented team inlcudes his beautiful wife, the second best Pathologist at Sector Twelve General Hospital; a bluntly outspoken Kelgian charge nurse, Naydrad; the frail, spiderlike empath Dr. Prilicla; and now a shape shifting alien mimic called Danalta. Then the Hospital Station's forbiding Chief Psychologist makes Conway an offer he finds difficult to refuse: A chance to join the elite that controls the Hospital. But Diagnostician status has it's drawbacks. Chief among them the necessity of sharing his mind with four or five alien entities. And of course, since this is Sector General, the crises keep coming hardly giving Conway a chance to catch his breath much less seriously address his own problems.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm no stranger to the works of James White. Star Healer is the thirteenth White book that I've picked up and the sixth of the Sector General series, a series of which I have been reading in a very random order (books #2, #3, #5, #10, and #11 having already been read). This sixth installment to the series reflects White's knack for building exotic species of aliens and his attention to detail in regards to the bureaucracy of the Sector Twelve General Hospital station. Of the six books that I've read in the series, this ranks in the middle partly because of his inventive and detail... but it's inventive and detailed to a fault, too meticulous for a light read.

Rear cover synopsis:
"Sector Twelve General Hospital had a staff of thousands divided among the sixty or so intelligent species. Every day it treated alien illnesses of baffling complexity.

Of all the hospital's very capable staff, Senior Physician Conway, the human doctor in charge of the Ambulance Ship Rhabwar, was thought by many to be the most promising.

So when he was replaced--without notice--by the birdlike alien Prilicla, Dr. Conway was surprised, to say the least. But that was noting compared to his shock when we was offered a promotion to a challenging new position. It was his for the taking. If he had the nerve..."

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DBDG Human/Senior Physician Conway is escorting a group of advanced training candidates around the Station when he seems to miscount the number of each of the alien species present. He quickly assumes the presence of a TOBS alien, one Doctor Danalta, an amoebic xenomorph with limited empathic abilities which can adapt its physiology to match in likeness any reasonably-sized alien.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Sammis on June 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book has it's moments -- especially the plot involving the sentient but paranoid extra terrestrial cacti species. The problem lies in the series' adherrance to a new method of classifying patients. Instead of using the taxonomy system currently in use, doctors in the future apparently have decided to use a system of letters that ends up with hard to remember and meaningless (from a reader's POV) four letter combos that distract from the flow of an otherwise interesting story.
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