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Doctor ZimmermanEMH Mark 1 Holographic Starship Physician - On the science fiction adventure STAR TREK: VOYAGER/UPN/1995-2001, the Federation starship Voyager is equipped with a holographic medical program that projects a fully functioning image of a human being (Robert Picardo) to act as a backup medical personnel. The EMH Mark-1 is modled after his creator, Doctor Lewis Zimmerman, a scientist based at Jupiter Station.

The Doctor's programmed personality is arrogant, superior, and often condescending. Those in need of medical services are greeted with such phrases as "Welcome to sickbay: Take a number" and "I don't have a life; I have a program." His trademark catchphrase is "Please state the nature of the medical emergency."

When one of the bio-neural gel-packs that ran the circuitry on the starship Voyager functioned improperly, the doctor simply stated "The patient is sick." Irritated at his succinctness, chief engineer B'Elanna Torres (Roxann Biggs-Dawson) responds "Can you be more specific?" The Doctor continues, "To discuss the patient's condition in front of the patient would be a serious breach of professional etiquette...It's been suggested that I cultivate a certain sensitivity to my patients' needs..." Looking at the gel-pack lying on the bio-bed, the Doctor consoles the pile of goo saying "Don't worry, my little friend!"

If job duties became blurred, the doctor was the first to rally to his defense with such quips as "I'm a doctor, not a doorstop; I'm a doctor, Mister Neelex, not a decorator; or "I'm a doctor; not a bartender."

At the conclusion of a medical consult, the balding Doctor often lamented the lax nature of the crew saying "Doesn't anyone know how to turn off the program when they leave?"  See also - "Vic Fontaine"


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