2011-03-17 04:22 (UTC)
I will third Dr Huang from SVU. He genuinely cares about his patients, even though his job is to assess whether they're competent to stand trial. In one case he illegally treats a heroin addict with ibogaine, and then quite calmly accepts the consequences (license suspension for six months.)
Dr Melinda Warner from SVU. She's the medical examiner. She's not a major character, but she's just there being quietly competent and determinedly professional even when those around her would rather she weren't.
Dr BJ Vaugan from Nick O'Donohoe's Crossroads trilogy. She is a veterinarian in a fantasy world, treating unicorns and gryphons and fauns as well as less mythological animals. She starts travelling to this world right after her mother committed suicide and she discovers that her mother had been diagnosed with Huntington's, and she will now have to decide whether to be tested for it.
Dr W.H.R. Rivers (the fictionalised version in Pat Barker's Regeneration, not the real man) He is a researcher forced by the war into becoming a Freudian psychoanalyst treating shell-shock patients, and he's
at it. So good that it changes him as much as it changes his patients: he started out a staunch conservative, and his experiences are splitting his mind wide open. Furthermore, it's a
portrayal of psychoanalysis. What in particular is breaking Rivers apart is that the normal definition of 'curing' a psych patient is that they will then
go back and do whatever made them crazy. Whereas it's Rivers'
to send them back to do exactly what gave them the shell shock in the first place.
All the staff of
, if only it weren't so sexist. It's kind of my dream series: a space station that's also a hospital, with the focus on xenomedicine.
Pagan Kidrouk, on the PhD side of things. Over the course of Catherine Jinks's young adult Pagan Quartet, he starts out an orphan on the streets during the Crusades, and ends up a specialist in canon law. Disability note: by the end of the series his vision is going, and he needs someone to read aloud to him. His scribe, Isadore, has epilepsy.
Sue Barton, Student Nurse, is glurge, but entertaining glurge, and with an unusual focus (for nurse novels) on the actual medicine. Of
she marries a doctor and stays home with her children, but she can't stop nursing, and the books show a whole lot of what nurses actually do, from a small scale to large.
Dottorina Cynthia Ricci from John M. Ford's
The Dragon Waiting
: a Medici physician. She's a
doctor, it's all the fucked-up shit around her that gives her trouble.
I can't remember her name (was it Miriam?), but the obstetrician in Dykes To Watch Out For, who's always doing a triathlon or running a marathon or something, and when Toni goes into labour, she's on a long bike ride and on getting the call thinks to herself "This should be a good workout." Also, in the prenatal visits, Toni comments that her partner Clarice is having commitment issues, to the point of having one foot out the door.
OB: My ex-husband was the same way.
Toni: What did you do?
OB: Left him and joined a seperatist commune.
Dr McCoy: Dr Hank McCoy, aka Beast. Because he's brilliant, witty, and also a giant blue furry beast.
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