The Chief Medical Officer of the Enterprise arguably has to be the best "seat-of-the-pants" medical person in the Federation. No person is more likely to encounter and have to treat alien life forms or have to treat humans for bizarre and unexpected ailments. Yet Beverly is routinely placed in situations where she is at least initially clueless and instead of giving a preliminary report with some intelligent words included, she says, "I don't know" a lot. With Dr. McCoy, it was clear that his comments about his situation, "I'm a doctor, not an -----" were nothing but bluster. In the episode "Devil in the Dark" he first complains about having to treat the Horta yet within minutes he has a solution and saves its' life. For these reasons I grew to dislike Beverly Crusher as a character and applauded the few times when she showed strength and immediate mental agility.
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