Created By: JonnyB on August 12, 2012 Last Edited By: JonnyB on August 13, 2012
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Stealth Doctor Plays Doctor

A doctor undercover almost blows his cover to help the sick

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Sometimes, a doctor on the run needs to enter a hospital for some reason, and do it clandestinely. But invariably there will be some patient in need of emergency assistance or bungling doctor needing help, and he will feel compelled by his Hippocratic oath to help out, risking exposing his true identity.

Examples:
  • In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Dr. McCoy feels compelled to step in to help an old lady on dialysis (and also to save Chekov).
  • In an episode of Firefly ("Ariel"), Simon Tam is sneaking his sister into a hospital, but has to stop to help save the life of a post-op patient who has a bungling doctor.
  • In The Fugitive, Dr. Kimble has to help a kid who can't breath and perform an emergency tracheotomy in an elevator.
  • Done often by Dr. David Banner on The Incredible Hulk. He might be undercover as a janitor, a dishwasher, or a pinball mechanic - but he can't not help someone ailing.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • August 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Done several times by Dr. David Banner on The Incredible Hulk. He might be undercover as a janitor, a dishwasher, or a pinball mechanic - but he can't not help someone ailing.
  • August 13, 2012
    animeg3282
    In Monstrous Regiment Igor ina stops and helps an enemy solider while the regiment is breaking out of the keep.
  • August 13, 2012
    JonnyB
    ^ Igor is a doctor, but undercover?
  • August 13, 2012
    abk0100
    there's a word between "Igor" and "stops"
  • August 13, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That's not at risk, since Igors were still expected to be doctors.
  • August 13, 2012
    surgoshan
  • August 13, 2012
    JonnyB
    @Dragon Quest Z: I kind of thought that, though I'm not familiar with the book. But yes, this is where someone is pretending NOT to be a doctor, but puts himself at risk of blowing his cover by being a doctor anyway.
  • August 13, 2012
    Astaroth
    I think we already have this: Inconvenient Hippocratic Oath
  • August 13, 2012
    Generality
    In the case of Monstrous Regiment, it's a risk just because of the delay and not because of any possibility of blown cover.

    • Doctor Tenma of Monster from time to time. Most of the time his aid was not specifically for medical problems, but people who had been hurt by his nemesis, Johan.
  • August 13, 2012
    JonnyB
    Astaroth: Yes that does seem to be what I was going for. Sorry, I'll let this one die now.

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