I seem to recall one episode of TNG where a hologram was summoned to sickbay to "distract" the Borg while the personnel escaped via a hatch or similar.

I cannot recall that specific episode in more detail sorry.

My question is simply were there other references or appearances of or to holographic medics in TNG?

  • Was not sure if the facts about my viewing histories were relevant or not , thank you for tidying my question :) It does read better now.
    – AndyF
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 12:34

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This was in the film Star Trek: First Contact, not to be confused with an episode with a similar name.

Holographic EMH medics don't exist in the TNG series because they were invented (by the writers) for the Voyager TV series.

That being said, Doctor Crusher appeared in TNG in hologram form in TNG: Ship in a Bottle.

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In TNG: Hollow Pursuits

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And alongside Nurse Ogawa in TNG: Future Imperfect

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    While a holographic Dr. Crusher appears in Ship in a Bottle, I'm not sure she qualifies as a "medic", as she is acting as medical staff officer in this scene, and she doesn't perform any medic tasks, especially not on humans.
    – McKay
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 21:05
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    @McKay - She performs a medical examination of Moriarty.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 21:22
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    @McKay - She's a hologram, she's a medic. OP never specified what level of practitioner and skill was required.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 23:04
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    @AndyF - There are no end of holographic doctors in TNG, but not the medical sort. Einstein and Hawkins, for example.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 11:14
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    Guys, there's an obvious difference between "a hologram of someone" (ie, a fancy telephone call, a 3D telephone call), and an "artificial AI being" such as Data or The Doctor. (Data being made of plastic, The Doctor a holodeck-like-process.)
    – Fattie
    Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 12:01

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