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I probably read this book in the late 1960s in an elementary school library. I believe the story began with the young man on Earth and progressed to him having an adventure in space. His photographic memory was central to his character and probably the story also.

For years I thought the book may have been called something like Space Doctor or Star Surgeon. Books with those names exist but I have not found the one I am looking for. I may be in error about the name.

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    Can't find a summary, and I don't particularly remember it, but this 'feels' like a good possibility: "Doctor to the Galaxy" (1965) by A. M. Lightner. Looking for your book, I found a long-lost of my own, Lightner's "The Rock of Three Planets" (1963), so thank you! and good luck with your search. – ImaginaryEvents Feb 12 '14 at 19:47
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    Star Surgeon is part of Sector General series. Photographic memory wasn't featured there. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 12 '14 at 20:14
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    FYI, I checked Alan E. Nourse as well - Star Surgeon, close, but no 'memory' bit; Hubbard, White also had no good match. – ImaginaryEvents Feb 12 '14 at 20:59
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    The perfect memory main character is a feature of Heinlein's Starman Jones, but Jones became an astrogator, not a doctor. – steveha Feb 13 '14 at 5:47
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Could it be Sucker Bait, a novella by Asimov?

In it, 20-year-old Mark Annuncio of the "Mnemonic Service", who has been trained to memorize and correlate vast amounts of information, saves the crew of a spaceship investigating a planet that turns out to have an abnormally high concentration of beryllium in its soil.

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