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Old 2nd June 2001, 10:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dr. Leonard Horatio McCoy.

Dr. Leonard Horatio McCoy.

Chief medical officer aboard the original starship Enterprise under the command of Captain James Kirk, who gave him the nickname "Bones". As of 2267, McCoy had earned the Legion of Honour, and had been decorated by Starfleet surgeons.

He attended the University of Mississippi on Earth. While a student there, he met and had a romance with Emony Dax while she was visiting Earth around 2245 to judge a gymnastics competition. McCoy had been romantically involved with the future Nancy Crater.

An unofficial backstory never aired was that McCoy had been married and later undured a bitter divorce, the emotional aftermath of which drove him to leave a private medical practise and join Starfleet. This story was to have been called 'Joanna' and feature McCoy's now-grown daughter, but it was heavily re-written as 'The Way to Eden' instead.

Early in McCoy's medical career, sometime after he earned his medical degree, his father David, was struck with a terrible fatal illness. Faced with the prospect of his father suffering a terrible, lingering, painful death, McCoy mercifully "pulled the plug" on him, allowing him to die. He was horrified when, shortly thereafter, a cure was discovered for the affliction.

In 2253, McCoy developed a neurosurgical technique to repair a damaged celebral cortex. He also wrote, what would become a classic 24th Century medical text, entitled 'Comparitive Alien Physiology'.

He was briefly stationed on planet Capella IV prior to being assigned to the Enterprise in 2266. In 2268, McCoy was diagnosed with terminal Xenopolycythemia but was cured with Yonadan medical knowledge. He retired from Starfleet in 2270, but returned at Kirk's request in 2271. He was wrongly convicted for the murder of Klingon Chancellor Gorkon in 2293, along with Kirk, a conviction later overturned. He was scheduled to retire shortly after the Khitomer Conference, but either changed his mind or later returned to starfleet. As a retired Starfleet admiral, McCoy made an inspection tour of the Enterprise-D in 2364 at the age of 137.
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i know you posted this a while ago, but just thought i'd make an observation/ask a question --

is it a rule somewhere that Starfleet doctors who end up as 'major characters' on the shows must have turned to medicine after some tragic medical 'happening' in their childhood/earlier years?? referring to McCoy (which i didn't know) and Bashir - the thing about the herb nearby on the planet --- (don't know about the others - well, on VOY the doc is a hologram, so maybe he doesn't count) --- just a curiosity ----
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Old 21st September 2001, 06:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You could be right.

In 'The Arsenal of Freedom' TNG we learnt that at some point early in her life, Beverly Crusher was with her grandmother at the Arvada colony, and helped care for the survivors of a terrible tragedy after medical supplies ran out.

Anyone know about Pulaski??
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Old 17th October 2001, 03:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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don't know much about Pulaski -- but she wasn't on very long --

however --

i have another TOS question - and it relates to McCoy --

why was he on the bridge so much?? doens't he have other things to do in sickbay? none of the other doctors spent so much time on the bridge/in ops --- was McCoy just special, or did they not want to film in sickbay unless someone needed to be in sickbay????

just one of those things i noticed -- and it's not just in the show - it was in the movies too --- weird --
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Old 18th October 2001, 09:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The real reason: he was one of the trio of characters which gave the show it's main character interactions, which everyone enjoyed so much, so they needed to be together as much as possible.

You don't want to hear that. You want to know why he follows Kirk around as if Kirk has an incurable disease that needs constant attention, or why he walks all the way to the bridge to say something, when he could just use the com system?
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The real reason: he was one of the trio of characters which gave the show it's main character interactions, which everyone enjoyed so much, so they needed to be together as much as possible.

You don't want to hear that. You want to know why he follows Kirk around as if Kirk has an incurable disease that needs constant attention, or why he walks all the way to the bridge to say something, when he could just use the com system?

that would be affirmative --

i know the 'real' reason --

but, i wanna know the *real* reason -- why the hell did he have to be there all the time?? what is WITH that?? not that i mind - it means that McCoy is in a lot of shots - tho w/ a lot of lines that could have been said by someone else - and he's there to distract one from Kirk --- but - he doesn't need to be there -- it's really weird ----

so - do you have an answer besides the 'official tv' answer????
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He had a phobia of hypo-sprays?

He had a tricordrazine allergy?

He wanted to give Nurse Chapel and Spock some space?
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He had a phobia of hypo-sprays?

He had a tricordrazine allergy?

He wanted to give Nurse Chapel and Spock some space?
too funny ---

but - um - no --

tho the Chapel/Spock thing is funny ---

can we fabricate a 'believable' reason for why he would have been there so much???
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Maybe he just thought that whatever casualities or space plague was going to hit them, he would hear about it first if he was on the bridge.
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Re: Dr. Leonard Horatio McCoy (DeForest Kelley)

Damn it, Jim, I'm a doctor not a biographer!
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Re: Dr. Leonard Horatio McCoy (DeForest Kelley)

....speaking of Deforest Kelly's biography....Kelley ("Bones" McCoy) was the only cast member of the original Star Trek series to have never dictated his autobiography.....some trivia...

----Played one of the Earp brothers in the Film Gunfight at the O.K. Corral(1957)
----Before landing the role of Dr. McCoy, he was offered the choice to play Mr.Spock
----The Tagline "I'm a doctor, not a..." has been quoted in almost every incarnation of Star Trek on film and television
----(to William Shatner, on his deathbed) Let's make just one more Star Trek movie! I sure miss making those movies!


.....i will be going over his biography further in the itunes podcast episode 14: Heroes of Science Fiction and Fantasy along with: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King/ Babylon 5's pilot: The Gathering/ Star Trek: The Original Series: Errand of Mercy/ Comic Section: The Hulk/ Book Review: The Jackal of Nar by John Marco/ Others Section: An officer and a Gentleman(1982)....for a quick link to itunes or just to listen at your computer www.heroesofsciencefictionandfantasy also on this podcast overviews of many science fiction podcasts including 3 Star Trek podcasts
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Old 2nd November 2007, 05:22 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Dr. Leonard Horatio McCoy (DeForest Kelley)

Some additional putative trivia: According to an article I read many years ago, Deforest Kelly was once considered to be an up and coming candidate for a "leading man" type studio contract, back in the days when careers were made or broken by all powerful types like Mayer & Warner. Only one problem: he was beaten out by a guy named Alan Ladd.

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Re: Dr. Leonard Horatio McCoy (DeForest Kelley)

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----(to William Shatner, on his deathbed) Let's make just one more Star Trek movie! I sure miss making those movies!
Reading that brought tears to my eyes. Kelley strikes me as a man a person would have been honoured to have as a friend.

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Old 23rd March 2011, 10:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Re: Dr. Leonard Horatio McCoy (DeForest Kelley)

Kirk trusted his judgement and his company. Just as a ship's surgeon might spend time on the bridge with the captain of a ship when not required in sickbay , so was McCoy. Don't forget as well that although his title was 'Doctor' he wasn't in caring day-to -day for patients , that's the nurses role. He also would have been required on many 'away' missions and therefore would need to be appraised on the situation ; and what better place than on the bridge?

I think what's more curious is the ship's captain being at the forefront of every away mission ; it's highly unlikely he would have survived for as long as he did being in the first line of encounters on alien worlds.
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Re: Dr. Leonard Horatio McCoy (DeForest Kelley)

You're absolutely right about Kirk trusting McCoy's judgement. McCoy and Spock complimented each other perfectly - Spock with his logic and McCoy with his passion and no-nonsense attitude. Each gave Kirk something different and together all three of them made an inimitable team.

As for Kirk always leading the away teams - that wasn't the prudent thing for a captain to do but I attributed his actions to Kirk having an enormous ego and a constant thirst for adventure. The day-to-day minutiae of running the ship didn't fire him up and he trusted his crew to do what needed to be done. I think Kirk was a old-school swashbuckling adventurer.
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