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Thanks very much to everyone who replied.  I'm trying to concentrate on post 1950 stuff.  And I'm not too big on plagues and zombies.  I'll start with James White because most people named him.

Here's the list so far:
James White (Sector General series - 12 books) Various short stories
Greg Bear (Blood Music)
Daniel Keyes (Flowers for Algernon)
Geoff Ryman (The Child Garden)

Michael Blumlein (Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration)
Alan Nourse (Star Surgeon, The Mercy Men, Contamination crew, Bladerunner)
Piers Anthony (Prostho Plus)
John Varley (Steel Beach)
T. J. Bass (The Godwhale)
Lois McMaster Bujold The 3rd & 4th of the Sharing Knife series have "major character learning medicine" as a major plot thread
Mikhail Bulgakov's Heart of a Dog.
James E Gunn The Immortals

Novelette/Short stories:
C. L. Moore & Henry Kuttner); "The Little Black Bag
Elizabeth Moon "ABCs in Zero G".
Bernard Wolfe (Limbo)

And here's what the SF encyclopedia page gave me
And it did lead me to a book of short stories called: Great Science Fiction about doctors
Walter M Miller Jr's "Blood Bank" (June 1952 Astounding),
William Tenn's "Down Among the Dead Men" (June 1954 Galaxy),
Cordwainer Smith's "A Planet Named Shayol" (October 1961 Galaxy)
Larry Niven's "The Organleggers" (January 1969 Galaxy; vt "Death by Ecstasy" in The Shape of Space, coll 1969)
Caduceus Wild (January-May 1959 Science Fiction Stories; rev 1978) by Ward Moore and Robert Bradford
Dr Adder (1984) by K W Jeter,
Resurrection, Inc. (1988) by Kevin J Anderson,
Body Mortgage (1989) by Richard Engling
 Crygender (1992) by Thomas T Thomas.
The Madman's Daughter (2013) by Megan Shepherd.
Joe Haldeman's Buying Time (1989; vt The Long Habit of Living 1989).
Raymond Hawkey's thriller Side-Effect (1979)
F M Busby's The Breeds of Man (1988),
Thomas M Disch's The MD: A Horror Story (1991)
Charles L Harness's The Catalyst (1980)
Kate Wilhelm's Welcome, Chaos (1983).

Already read
Bujold's Ethan of Athos and Falling Free both have strong themes of reproductive medicine and related genetic manipulation.

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The formatting is crappy but I enjoyed this little puzzle in my new textbook.  It is 'an historical event'.  I got it after a few minutes and found it a really good way to get me thinking about what could cause this mortality pattern.  I expect someone will get it quickly but if not, I'll post the answer tomorrow.

EDIT:  You all know what it is... If you're a bit sunk just ask for the answer in the comments.

Class/Socio Econom. Status TOTAL % Dead TOTAL % Dead TOTAL % Dead TOTAL % Dead
High 175 67.4 144 2.8 6 0 325 37.5
Medium 168 91.7 93 14 24 0 285 58.6
Low 462 83.8 165 53.9 79 65.8 706 74.8
Other 885 78.3 23 13 0 0 908 76.7
TOTAL 1690 80 425 25.6 109 47.7 2224 68

BTW I'm reading this text book (Webb and Bain) for fun after reading Ghost Map about John Snow's work.   The first chapter has me hooked.
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It's not very often an author has me grinning like an idiot but a new one has.  To the short list of Terry Pratchett, Robert Galbraith and Lois McMaster Bujold, I now add Jodi Taylor.

Seriously, try a sample chapter from the first of the 4, soon to be 5 books in the series The Chronicles of St Mary's.  The first one is called Just one dammned thing after another.  It's accessible, fun, has swearing, sex, a quirky institution and chunks of history.

Yes the time travel is slghtly glossed over and there are some holes in the plots but they are immense fun.

Edited to add link to Google Play where a free sample can be found: ;


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