PHYSICIAN'S CASTE

Physicians are High Caste / Green Caste

The Physicians are one of the five High Castes which make up the Gorean government. This is the caste of those who concern themselves with the healing arts. Surgeons, apothecaries, medical researchers and health practitioners are all members of this caste. Universally recognized as non-combatants during time of war.
~Tarnsman of Gor

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Tamirus approached me. He wore green robes. I did not know at that time but this indicated he was of the caste of physicians. That is a high caste. If I had known he was of high caste I might have been a great deal more frightened than I was. Most Gorean take caste very seriously. It is apparently one of the socially stabilizing forces on Gor.
~ Dancers of Gor

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The Physicians, who attend to all health needs, including what one would think of as those addressed by dietitians, nurses, therapists, dentists, and such, wear green."
~John Norman, Letter to the Gorean Group, Sept 20th 2000

Women as Physicians

A notable exception to the generalization that woman of a Caste normally do not engage in Caste work is the Caste of Physicians, whose women are commonly trained, as are the boys, in the practice of medicine. Even the physicians, however, normally do not admit their women to full practice until they have borne two children. The purpose of this is to retain a high level of intelligence in the caste. Professional women, it is well understood, tend not to reproduce themselves, a situation which, over time, would be likely to produce a diminution in the quality of the caste. Concern for the future of the caste is thus evinced in this limitation by the physicians on the rights of their women to participate without delay in the caste craft. The welfare of the caste, typically, takes priority in the Gorean mind over the ambitions of specific individuals. The welfare of a larger number of individuals, as the Goreans reason, correctly or incorrectly, is more important than the welfare of a smaller number of individuals. I do not argue this. I only report it.
~Fighting Slave of Gor, page 210

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The woman of the Physicians, at the age of fifteen in many cities, wears two bracelets on her left wrist. When she has one child one bracelet is removed; when she has a second child the second bracelet is removed. She may then, if she desires, enter into the full practice of her craft.
~Fighting Slave of Gor, page 210

Physician's Payments

When the Physician had finished the cleansing, chemical sterilization and dressing of the merchants wounds, he left. With him the majority of the watchers withdrew as well. The Scribe had paid the Physician from a small iron box, taken from a locked trunk, a tarsk bit.
~ Beasts of Gor

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Bosk when ill from the poison of Tyros was seen by Iskander of Turia a Physician Bosk then ordered " Thurnock" I said, "give this Physician a double tarn of gold.
~ Marauders of Gor

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There waiting for him, was a goblet of paga, doubtless a gratuity for the loan of his expertise. Too he would doubtless have his choice of Hendows women this night.
~ Dancer of Gor pg. 187

Gorean Medicine is Advanced

Be that as it may, the Priest Kings have limited man severely on this planet in many respects, notably in weaponry, communication, and transportation. On the other hand, the brilliance which men might have turned to destructive channels was then diverted, almost of necessity, to other fields, most notably medicine.
~Assassin of Gor, page 30

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On the first day the physician, a quiet man in the green garments of his caste, examined me, thoroughly. The instruments he used, the tests he performed, the samples he required were not unlike those of Earth. Of special interest to me was the fact that this room, primitive though it might be, was lit by what, in Gorean, is called an energy bulb, an invention of the Builders. I could see neither cords nor battery cases. Yet the room was filled with a soft, gentle white light, which the physician could regulate by rotating the base of the bulb. Further, certain pieces of his instrumentation were clearly far from primitive. For example, there was a small machine with gauges and dials. In this he would place slides, containing drops of blood and urine, flecks of tissue, a strand of hair. With a stylus he would note readings on the machine, and, on the small screen at the top of the machine, I saw, vastly enlarged, what reminded me of an image witnessed under a microscope.
~Captive of Gor, page 92-93

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A physician entered the booth, with his kit slung over the shoulder of his green robes. He began to attend to the merchant. "You will live," he assured the merchant.
I recalled the assailant. I recalled the turning of the blade in his hand. I remembered the coolness of his subterfuge at the back of the booth, waiting beside the rent canvas for me to thrust through it, thus locating myself and exposing myself for the thrust of the knife.
I held the object wrapped in fur in my hands. I did not look at it. I knew what it would contain. When the physician had finished the cleansing, chemical sterilization and dressing of the merchant's wounds, he left. With him the majority of the watchers withdrew as well. The scribe had paid the physician from a small iron box, taken from a locked trunk; a tarsk bit.
~ Beasts of Gor

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With the tip of her finger she began to work the ointment into the cuts. It burned quite a bit. "Does it hurt?" she asked.
"No," I said.
She laughed, and it pleased me to hear her laugh. "I hope you know what you are doing," I said.
"My father," she said, "was of the Caste of Physicians."
So, I thought to myself, I had placed her accent rather well, either Builders or Physicians, and had I thought carefully enough about it, I might have recognized her accent as being a bit too refined for the Builders. I chuckled to myself. In effect, I had probably merely scored a lucky hit.
"I didn't know they had physicians in Treve," I said.
"We have all the High Castes in Treve," she said, angrily.
~ Priest Kings of Gor

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