History Main / SurgeonsCanDoAutopsiesIfTheyWant

2nd May '16 9:05:00 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Averted in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' where doctor Nanjo says that he isn't trained in doing autopsies and is only able to state basic things about the murder victims.

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* Averted in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' where doctor Nanjo says that he isn't trained in doing autopsies and is only able to state basic things about the murder victims.
3rd Feb '16 5:16:15 PM Bissek
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* At one point on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', the Forensic Examiner, Ducky, does surgery...''on a dog''. In this case the dog's life hung in the balance and wouldn't have survived if they'd taken the time to find an actual vet, and the dog ended up solving the mystery for them. Also, Ducky ''assisted'' his assistant Jimmy Palmer, who did spend time working in a vet and knew the basic principles of dog surgery.

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* At one point on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', the Forensic Examiner, Ducky, does surgery...''on a dog''. In this case the dog's life hung in the balance and wouldn't have survived if they'd taken the time to find an actual vet, and the dog ended up solving the mystery for them. Also, Ducky ''assisted'' his assistant Jimmy Palmer, who did spend time working in a vet and knew the basic principles of dog surgery. Ducky had also been a surgeon earlier in his career.
26th Nov '15 9:34:58 AM FordPrefect
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* The titular ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. Again, this is justified by her being a doctor in (a) an era in which doctors practiced all forms of medicine, and (b) being a rural country doctor where she was the only physician around for miles.

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* The titular ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. Again, this is justified by her (a) being a doctor in (a) an era in which doctors practiced all forms of medicine, and (b) being a rural country doctor where she was the only physician around for miles.
26th Nov '15 9:34:25 AM FordPrefect
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-->'''Dr Sable''': Cal-Berkeley and UPenn may disagree.

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-->'''Dr Sable''': Cal-Berkeley and UPenn [=UPenn=] may disagree.
26th Nov '15 9:33:55 AM FordPrefect
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* The titular ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. Again, this is justified by her being a doctor in (a) an era in which doctors practiced all forms of medicine, and (b) being a rural country doctor where as the only physician around for miles, she would need to be able to practice all forms of medicine.

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* The titular ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman''. Again, this is justified by her being a doctor in (a) an era in which doctors practiced all forms of medicine, and (b) being a rural country doctor where as she was the only physician around for miles, she would need to be able to practice all forms of medicine.miles.
26th Nov '15 9:32:50 AM FordPrefect
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* ''Series/{{ER}}'' of all shows fell victim to this. One of it's signature episodes, "Love's Labor Lost" had ER residents Mark and Susan grossly mishandling a routine delivery (possibly deconstructing this trope, as it's possible that the very reason they screwed up was because they didn't have the necessary ob/gyn experience). This gets a callback when surgeon Benton panics when a woman goes into labor, "I haven't delivered a baby since medical school!" But even though many surgeons sub-specialize, he and fellow surgeon Elizabeth are seen doing things that range from cardiac surgery to abdominal, to neurosurgery, etc. Additionally, ER chief Kerry had OB/GYN nurse Abby abruptly reassigned to the ER. Aside from the fact that Kerry would have no authority whatsoever to do this, even if this were something Abby wanted--she vehemently objected before being told she had no choice--an OB nurse would have been out of her element in the ER. This is especially glaring in light of the fact that during the show's early years, a major storyline involved the ER nurses being sent to departments that they weren't trained for.

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* ''Series/{{ER}}'' of all shows fell victim to this. One of it's its signature episodes, "Love's Labor Lost" had ER residents Mark and Susan grossly mishandling a routine delivery (possibly deconstructing this trope, as it's possible that the very reason they screwed up was because they didn't have the necessary ob/gyn experience). This gets a callback when surgeon Benton panics when a woman goes into labor, "I haven't delivered a baby since medical school!" But even though many surgeons sub-specialize, he and fellow surgeon Elizabeth are seen doing things that range from cardiac surgery to abdominal, to neurosurgery, etc. Additionally, ER chief Kerry had OB/GYN nurse Abby abruptly reassigned to the ER. Aside from the fact that Kerry would have no authority whatsoever to do this, even if this were something Abby wanted--she vehemently objected before being told she had no choice--an OB nurse would have been out of her element in the ER. This is especially glaring in light of the fact that during the show's early years, a major storyline involved the ER nurses being sent to departments that they weren't trained for.
26th Nov '15 9:30:26 AM FordPrefect
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** It's justified, however, in the case of the Emergency Medical Hologram from ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''; he's only used when there's no other medical staff available, and as an artificial intelligence, he is stated to be programmed with all the Federation's medical knowledge.Also, ''Voyager'' is a pretty small ship by Starfleet standards, with a crew complement of just a hundred and fifty even before the whole "trapped in the Delta Quadrant" incident, so it's not unreasonable that they'd only have one doctor and a couple of nurses. Notably, when [[AcePilot Tom Paris]] ends up being drafted in as a substitute nurse it's at least given an off-hand mention that he's going through the appropriate training classes in accordance with Starfleet regulations.

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** It's justified, however, in the case of the Emergency Medical Hologram from ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''; he's only used when there's no other medical staff available, and as an artificial intelligence, he is stated to be programmed with all the Federation's medical knowledge. Also, ''Voyager'' is a pretty small ship by Starfleet standards, with a crew complement of just a hundred and fifty even before the whole "trapped in the Delta Quadrant" incident, so it's not unreasonable that they'd only have one doctor and a couple of nurses. Notably, when [[AcePilot Tom Paris]] ends up being drafted in as a substitute nurse it's at least given an off-hand mention that he's going through the appropriate training classes in accordance with Starfleet regulations.
29th Aug '15 4:59:55 PM erraticegomania
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* This is used in an autopsy scene in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', with the head of the dissection team identified as a "surgeon" and Lillian, the team medic, providing commentary and speculation much to the surgeon's annoyance.
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2nd Jul '15 8:29:12 PM nombretomado
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* Justified on ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'': Doc Cottle is perhaps the last doctor in the universe until we learn there's also a neurologist in the fleet late in Season 4.

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* Justified on ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'': ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': Doc Cottle is perhaps the last doctor in the universe until we learn there's also a neurologist in the fleet late in Season 4.
28th Jun '15 5:01:27 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Dr Leslie Thompkins is first seen as a physician at Arkham Asylum. A few weeks afterwards, she takes up the post of medical examiner. Two very different specialties are involved here.
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