History Main / FrontierDoctor

12th Nov '17 1:19:58 PM AgProv
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While the inhabitants of TheWildWest were tougher than case-hardened nails, they still could get hurt and sick. So there was a need for doctors, and the FrontierDoctor came west to fill that need. The frontier doctor needed to be tough and resourceful, since supplies were scarce, and the latest equipment was seldom at hand. He'd often be called upon to travel long distances at any hour of the day or night, and might even treat sick animals if no veterinarian was handy (the opposite - veterinarian instead of a doctor - is usually PlayedForLaughs).

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While the inhabitants of TheWildWest were tougher than case-hardened nails, they still could get hurt and sick. So there was a need for doctors, and the FrontierDoctor came west to fill that need. The frontier doctor needed to be tough and resourceful, since supplies were scarce, and the latest equipment was seldom at hand. He'd often be called upon to travel long distances at any hour of the day or night, and might even treat sick animals if no veterinarian was handy (the opposite - [[OpenHeartDentistry veterinarian instead of a doctor doctor]] - is usually PlayedForLaughs).
15th Sep '17 8:33:31 AM Khathi
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* Creator/JamesHerriot sort of counts, working in a backwater community and all.

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* Creator/JamesHerriot [[KindlyVet sort of counts, counts]], working in a backwater community and all.
18th Aug '17 8:48:20 PM Daedalis
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* Levi Mosley is the only doctor in town in ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}''. Considering how many alien species are in the population he must be quite knowledgeable - even more so for successfully treating patients while staggeringly drunk.
24th May '17 9:54:52 PM Bek-359
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** Bashir later meets a classmate who took a prestige assignment with a starship, and she complains how boring her own assignment was as opposed to his own (the writers also uses this as a jab against ''The Next Generation'' and ''Voyagers'' problem of the week episodes compared to the arcs in ''Deep Space Nine''). Keep in mind that Bashir said that he was thrilled to be assigned to DS9 for the excitement of working on the frontier, and that even if he hypothetically had a choice of any posting it's still the one he would have picked.

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** Bashir later meets a classmate who took a prestige assignment with a starship, and she complains how boring her own assignment was as opposed to his own (the writers also uses this as a jab against ''The Next Generation'' and ''Voyagers'' problem of the week episodes compared to the arcs in ''Deep Space Nine''). Keep in mind that Bashir said that he was thrilled to be assigned to DS9 [=DS9=] for the excitement of working on the frontier, and that even if he hypothetically had a choice of any posting it's still the one he would have picked.
28th Apr '17 6:19:30 AM XFllo
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* Arguably, everyone in a ''Series/{{MASH}}'' unit. Hawkeye preferred calling it "meatball surgery."
** This was certainly Charles Winchester's opinion of the 4077 - on a good day.



* Archie Campbell played one on ''HeeHaw''.
* Hiram Baker from ''LittleHouseOnThePrairie''.

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* Archie Campbell played one on ''HeeHaw''.
''Series/HeeHaw''.
* Hiram Baker from ''LittleHouseOnThePrairie''.''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie''.



* ''[[Music/TheBeatles Rocky Raccoon]]'':

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* ''[[Music/TheBeatles Rocky Raccoon]]'':Music/TheBeatles: "Rocky Raccoon":
2nd Oct '16 10:50:14 AM Prfnoff
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* ''FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist''

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* ''FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist''''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist''
15th Jun '16 12:40:25 PM HeraldAlberich
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* ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'': Minor character Doc Mell, the physician of the Pika Oasis, is a Mon Calamari. Like a traditional Frontier Doctor, he and his son have left an easy life for a much harder one, in this case because they're members of an aquatic species on a desert planet. They wear special cowls that keep their skin moist.
3rd Apr '16 5:00:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in a series of ''ArmstrongAndMiller'' sketches. "I work in Botswana, saving lives. Do YOU?"

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* Parodied in a series of ''ArmstrongAndMiller'' ''Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow'' sketches. "I work in Botswana, saving lives. Do YOU?"
27th Mar '16 4:08:05 PM eroock
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27th Mar '16 3:57:33 PM eroock
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->"I have great respect for those of the medical profession who have taken up their position in the remote districts of Scotland and devote themselves to the healing art under most disadvantageous circumstances... I have in mind an insular doctor who has a great deal to do of midnight boating in glacial weather, and whose bills are often paid not in coin but in ''fleece off a sheep's back.''"
-->'''Daniel Turner Holmes''', ''Literary Tours in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland''.

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->"I ->''"I have great respect for those of the medical profession who have taken up their position in the remote districts of Scotland and devote themselves to the healing art under most disadvantageous circumstances... I have in mind an insular doctor who has a great deal to do of midnight boating in glacial weather, and whose bills are often paid not in coin but in ''fleece off a sheep's back.''"
-->'''Daniel
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-->-- '''Daniel
Turner Holmes''', ''Literary Tours in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland''.
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