Medical Journal

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Title: Medical Journal
Publisher: Decoy, a New South Wales, Australia Star Trek club
Editor(s): Ruth Dick-Smith, Anne Richardson
Date(s): 1981-1994
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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cover of issue #6

Medical Journal is a gen anthology of Star Trek: TOS fiction. It has the subtitle, "For fans of Dr. Leonard McCoy, DeForest Kelley and Star Trek."

Issue 1

Medical Journal 1 was published in 1981.

Issue 2

Medical Journal 2 was published in 1982.

  • 'Second Chance' by Susan Clarke (winner of the 1981 Astrex Literary Competition, third place, long story)
  • other unknown content

Issue 3

Medical Journal 3 was published in June 1983 and contains 59 pages. It is offset, A4, and edited by Ruth Dick-Smith.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

First there was this beautiful cover, then flicking through the pages, the artwork and layout. There had been considerable trouble with the press (discovered to be the different pressures on the printing rollers. Our fault, not Ruth's) so some pages had streaks but pursue as the contents are a good solid read especially if you have a distinct fondness for McCoy. The first story is how McCoy copes -with a shuttle crash, a broken leg (his own), a delivery (as in a baby), and a 15-month old baby boy. More than adequately as usual. He thrives on itl!! 'Twice Lucky' is a romance/tragedy with McCoy the fulcrum rather than a participant. "From Columbine" is a Christmas story, poignant and 'Retrospect' a divorce and subsequent remeeting with Joanna story. Nicely told and a far cry from the one printed in MJ #1. In all, a very good issue of MJ and worth getting. [1]

Issue 4

Medical Journal 4 was published in 1986 and contains 72 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

A zine for the McCoy fan naturally enough. The poetry: Susan Meek's "McCoy's Musings" and Betsi Ashton's "A Friend to Laugh With" and especially her "Love and McCoy", were truly the highlights of this zine for me. The stories offered a great variety. "A Taste of Good 01' Fashioned Nursing" by Anne Richardson is a delightful Mary Sue (without the obligatory romance) if you know Anne and where McCoy mixes it up with a car on a time investigation and ends up, having been confused for a McCoy from the aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, on shore in Perth, His discovery of ancient medical methods is amusing and its a nice, satisfying tale. My favourite of the issue , though, was "Shore Leave Mk 2" by Virginia Wurth which is a M*A*S*H cross-over and is very amusing and shows sparks of her zany humour. Definitely recommended reading that one. "With Harps and Timbrels" was witting but one had to be a little patient because the point of the poem was in its end. I'm a McCoy fan. I read it, cover to cover. Write to Aanne with s.s.a.e. for price details and availability of past issues. [2]

Issue 5

Medical Journal 5

Issue 6

Medical Journal 6 was published in 1994 and edited by Anne Richardson.


  1. from Beyond Antares #23
  2. from Beyond Antares #29