[no spoilers] So I found people kept borrowing these books and I found the theme interesting. Imagine a hospital space station, where aliens are healing lots of other or the same aliens. I also looked for something calm, normal, humane, not too strained, relaxed reading, but not trashy. I looked for something classical, from around 1960's or so. And Sector General is it. Is it worth reading? Well, I'm reading it, number 11 in the series, so I must say it is. Last time I did get so far in any series was some Raymond Feist, many years ago. Sector General series is sort of a hospital food for the sci-fi reader's soul. It is a thoroughly non-offensive, non-irritating, nutritious stuff. One thing you will quickly notice about the series is that even the writing style matches the topic. Everything is written with almost a clinical detachment. All the Earth Human DBDG medical staff is known by the last name only, as fits the on-duty discipline. It's not until the 8th book in the series that you learn doctor Conway's first name! And he's the only one mentioned, so far. The series could be divided on two halves - first 6 books or so are entirely from human point of view. Then the alien point of view is the main one, which improved the quality even more and it was one of the reasons why I'm reading the series. Yes, I knew it's going to take several books till I get to it, but still I've read it. The books started as a series of stories, so there is a lot of repetition in the beginning books, bringing the readers up to speed. But it's done still more and more skillfully each time. The art of medicine itself is also taken pretty simply. A modern writer would go over the top with genetics, chemistry and nanotechnology. James White focuses on surgery and psychology. The whole question of infection is simplified. Petter Wats (Blindsight) would die of boredom! I know, I'm saying these negative things - but I still keep reading, like almost never before! It must be, because despite of all, the Sector General series is actually pretty good reading. You don't notice it, because it's not shocking or artistic, it's simple and subtle. There's no nasty Dr House (unless you count Kelgians and Illensans). And the later books in the series also got some well-deserved acclaim and fame, for things like character development and philosophical questions. Still very subtle for me, but I take it as being on a diet from over-the-top hardcore sci-fi. And I have no problem going on and on reading, at work (successfully routing security measures), in subway, at home. I needed something normal and humane and Boreas recommended me a book about Miyamoto Musashi, but that's not sci-fi, so it didn't quite catch onto me yet. But Sector General is the sci-fi equivalent of simplicity I was looking for.