They’ve got to keep spinning the lie to keep the cash flowing.
This is obviously a deliberate re-enforcement of the predictive programming spun around Bones on Star Trek and the string of Docs that followed:
“On simulated Mars—the slopes of a volcano in Hawai’i where I’m helping NASA learn how to plan interplanetary missions—no one is physically alone. We are a six-person crew: a soil scientist, a water specialist, an astrobiologist, an engineer, a space architect, and a doctor—that’s me. Up here, it’s my job to prevent physical and psychological harm. In the process of doing this, it’s become clear that being a space doctor comes with its own risk: a sort of painful, professional isolation that, so far, has defied an easy cure—or even a diagnosis.”(1)
“I first noticed the feeling a few months into our 12-month mission. I was sitting at my desk reading about the FDA approval of new, easier-to-administer method for treating drug overdose. This was fantastic news. I turned excitedly into the dome looking for someone to tell. Then, I remembered where and who I was: the lone physician on sMars.”(1)
“I don’t envy the space physician who’s 140 million miles from the nearest hospital when the ship’s pilot develops appendicitis.
“For the sake of the crew as much as the doctor, having more than one medical professional onboard would certainly benefit a deep-space mission. Unfortunately, lifting even one human out of Earth’s gravitational field comes at heavy cost, and lifting a crew all the way to Mars would require a three-year supply of water, food, oxygen, as well as research and medical supplies.
“We can barely do it all with a six-person crew in a Mars simulation. If space is the future of mankind, it looks like the lone space doctor is the future of medicine. One planet, one doctor. Make it work.
Not to worry, since the space doctor will certainly have a Tricorder:
And other medical tools such as these.
After all, anything goes when it comes to Sci-Fi:
“Earth may not be able to launch more than one space doc at a time now or anytime soon—but, if we set our minds to it, by the time we get to Mars, there might be six of us on board.”(1)
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