Thread: Bones in charge
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Old February 12 2013, 07:26 PM   #42
alpha_leonis
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Re: Bones in charge

Thinking about the scenario for just a moment, I can see the following dramatic-potential moment:

If there is a crisis in progress, sometimes the CO is required to make a decision that requires the death of one of his/her subordinates. (That scenario was actually the premise behind the B-story of TNG's "Thine Own Self" -- Troi had to directly order the death of holographic LaForge in order to receive her command promotion.)

Compare that to the additional responsibility of a Doctor: I believe McCoy mentioned before that he'd taken the Hippocratic Oath, which requires him to do no harm. That would present a conflict of interest for him to also, potentially, order the harm or death of some of the crew to serve a larger purpose.

Just a thought.
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