Star Surgeon is a 1960 science fiction novel by Alan E. Nourse.
Born on a planet of a distant star, Dal Timgar is the first alien to attempt to become a qualified physician of Hospital Earth.
Dal Timgar had always wanted to be a doctor. As a Garvian and the first non-human to study medicine on Hospital Earth, he must face enormous adversity from classmates, professors, and some of the highest ranking physicians on all of Earth.
Will his efforts be enough to earn him the Silver Star of a Star Surgeon?
Part of this book was published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories.
Alan Edward Nourse (1928-1992) was an American science fiction author and physician. He wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science. His SF works generally focused on medicine and/or psionics. Psionics refers to the practice, study, or psychic ability of using the mind to induce paranormal phenomena. Examples of this include telepathy, telekinesis, and other workings of the outside world through the psyche.
His novel The Bladerunner lent its name to the Blade Runner movie, but no other aspects of its plot or characters, which were taken from Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?