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To facilitate their care, they were often clad in a hospital gown.
In 2365, Dr. Katherine Pulaski described Captain Jean-Luc Picard's plan to destroy the USS Enterprise-D to defeat Nagilum as "curing the disease by killing the patient." (TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease")
When Commander William T. Riker told Counselor Deanna Troi stories as he was undergoing treatment for a Surata IV microbe infection, she told him he was "a very entertaining patient." (TNG: "Shades of Gray")
When Dr. Beverly Crusher claimed she was experiencing déjà vu while treating Geordi La Forge for dizziness in 2370, he told her she must be thinking of another patient. (TNG: "Cause and Effect") Later, Worf made a similar claim when she remembered already treating him for a concussion. (TNG: "Parallels")
Without consent of a close relative, a doctor could not perform surgery on a patient against their will. Dr. Julian Bashir told this to Jake Sisko, who gave the doctor permission to operate on his father. (DS9: "Rapture")
Treatment of patientsEdit
According to doctorsEdit
In Doctor Mark Piper's experience, the healthiest of patients were "generally off on some reading," unlike Gary Mitchell after going through the galactic barrier. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")
In Dr. Leonard McCoy's opinion, advanced medical technology alone was ineffective in determining a patient's overall health. He preferred to observe firsthand markers, such as "a healthy set of tonsils." (TOS: "The Man Trap") Given the choice between primitive medical procedures and 23rd century techniques when a life was at stake, however, he preferred to opt for the less invasive methods. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
According to patientsEdit
In 2367, when faced with the possibility of losing her empathic abilities forever, Deanna Troi once described how she'd seen many patients treated differently by their friends and colleagues as a result of disability. (TNG: "The Loss")
According to machinesEdit
During a 2268 trial of the M-5 multitronic unit aboard the EnterpriseOne of several efficiency measures taken by the computer was the shutting down of all systems in sickbay until there were patients to treat. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")
According to othersEdit
When Bashir managed to save the life of Vedek Bareil against all odds in 2371, Benjamin Sisko chided him for his modesty, saying, "It's not every doctor that can lose a patient and then has him back on his feet in a few weeks." (DS9: "Life Support")
In 2376, The Doctor added a daydreaming algorithm to his program himself. When the algorithm malfunctioned, causing him to daydream all the time whether he decided to or not, B'Elanna Torres commented that "A doctor who operates on himself has a petaQ for a patient." (VOY: "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy")
Julian Bashir's first patient was his teddy bear Kukalaka, whom he re-stuffed and sewed the leg of after it became damaged, despite his mother's desire to discard the toy. In 2372, he related this to Ekoria, describing it as his first surgery. When she asked him why he kept persisting in sewing up the ragged object, Bashir replied that he "wouldn't be much of a doctor if I gave up on a patient, would I?" (DS9: "The Quickening")
Particularly difficult patientsEdit
In 2376, he sarcastically responded to a skeptical Lewis Zimmerman, who believed his program to be obsolete, that "I also have an exceptionally high tolerance for difficult patients." (VOY: "Life Line") In 2377, when he expressed a lack of surprise at finding sickbay "fugitive" Seven of Nine with B'Elanna Torres in USS Voyager's engineering section, Torres remarked, "We difficult patients need to stick together." (VOY: "Imperfection")