My question is only about Drs. McCoy, Crusher, Pulaski, Bashir & Phlox.

Have any of them been randomly injured in an on-screen attack? Examples of events I am discounting:

All of these events happened because they were doctors, so were in vulnerable positions. I want to know if their ship/station/other posting was attacked and they were injured despite not being specifically targeted.

I am also discounting Voyager because their human doctor was killed in the first episode before becoming a main character, and whenever the EMH is "injured" he needs to be fixed by Torres who is an engineer, not a doctor damn it!

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    Also pretty sure McCoy gets zapped by God in Star Trek V
    – 1252748
    Apr 6, 2016 at 4:07
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    Was that God? What does God need with a starship?
    – Adamant
    Apr 6, 2016 at 5:40
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    I understand why you're discounting Voyager's EMH, but wouldn't the human doctor who died in that episode fit your criteria?
    – Alarion
    Apr 6, 2016 at 13:11
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    @Alarion : Out of universe, that doctor was specifically targeted by the writers to help explain the EMH's position of being a full-time doctor despite not being designed for that role, which was a critical part of the character's basic definition.
    – TOOGAM
    Apr 6, 2016 at 14:49
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    @Alarion I'm not sure I understand why the Doctor (EMH) is being discounted. Is this some kind of discrimination against holograms? There certainly have been instances where the Doctor has been injured...
    – user11521
    Apr 6, 2016 at 15:53

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In TNG "Arsenal of Freedom", Dr. Crusher was injured in an away mission with Picard, Data, Riker, and Yar present.

The ground gave way beneath her and Picard and she was badly injured.

An alien weapon had been attacking the group at the time (after encasing Riker in some kind of bubble), but it was not targeting Crusher specifically and her predicament had nothing to do with her being a doctor.

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    Great example; now I need to think of one! Apr 6, 2016 at 3:28
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    Got one, although not as good as yours! Apr 6, 2016 at 3:41
  • @N_Soong : I like it, +1! :-)
    – Praxis
    Apr 6, 2016 at 3:43
  • @N_Soong You've both got good examples! I was thinking that the doctors never get injured because there's no-one else who could treat them and obviously Crusher is head of a large medical team so she can be treated by one of her staff, in those cases when she's not killed.
    – CJ Dennis
    Apr 6, 2016 at 6:41
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    ...but had everything to do with her being a potential love interest for Picard.
    – T.E.D.
    Apr 7, 2016 at 0:34

Also, Crusher was technically killed in TNG 'Timescape'. She was killed, but you could argue she wasn't technically injured, because it was reversed (weird time-travel happened!)

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Now, this actually was an accident, as explained on Memory Alpha:

In sickbay, Troi pulls Dr. Crusher out of the way just as the Romulan fires his disruptor, aiming her phaser at him. Dr. Crusher explains to Troi that he wasn't firing at her. The Romulan officer explains that he was shooting at an alien who had taken Romulan form and the doctor got in the way.

So, although there were (deadly) injuries sustained by Crusher, they weren't intentional!

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    It’s funny to see how unaligned the weapon and beam are. It makes someone wonder how to hit a target at anything farther than an arm’s length.
    – Holger
    Apr 6, 2016 at 11:01
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    @Holger obviously it aims for the centre of mass of the object you are mentally targeting.
    – OrangeDog
    Apr 6, 2016 at 12:53
  • @Holger but is it so aligned? To me, it looks like the gun is rather wide, and that Crusher is slightly closer to the camera... from my time-pressured hurried quick glance, it looks rather right.
    – TOOGAM
    Apr 6, 2016 at 14:51
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    @OrangeDog: indeed that magically-finding-center-of-mass feature could be related to the magically-knowing-how-much-to-desintegrate feature of phasers in destroy mode. What I like most about it is that shooters can miss their target, but whatever they hit then, the phaser will understand what makes to-destroy parts of the composed object and what are just touching but unrelated objects.
    – Holger
    Apr 6, 2016 at 15:05
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    @Holger I'd give the VFX artist the benefit of the doubt and suggest that rather than being bad at their job, they realised what it would look like if they moved the effect higher up Ms. McFadden's torso.
    – OrangeDog
    Apr 6, 2016 at 15:12

Dr McCoy was killed in Shore Leave but I don't know if you'd call it an accident. He stood in front of a charging knight and was speared.

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He did get better, though.

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He also accidently shoots himself up with a drug in TOS City on the Edge of Forever - causing him to go crazy and change Earth's history.

He was also tortured in The Empath but that was no accident.

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    That "He did get better though" picture...OMG. Yes, aside from the picture, no more needed to be said.
    – T.E.D.
    Apr 7, 2016 at 0:36
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    @T.E.D. Are they wearing tribbles?
    – CJ Dennis
    Apr 8, 2016 at 8:39
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    @CJDennis - ...by the end of the episode they'd look like they were wearing furry parkas.
    – T.E.D.
    Apr 8, 2016 at 8:54

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