From the Back Cover
Tom Noel set up the first hospital in orbit.. and it could be the last!
It would cost 150 lives, more or less, to get the GEO satellite on-line and transmitting solar power to an energy starved Earth - that was the estimate of fatal industrial accidents in the mammoth space project.
It was Dr. Tom Noel's job to cut that deadly figure drastically, by designing, staffing, and running a complete emergency ward... 22,400 miles from the nearest hospital. Tom Noels had to re-invent almost every medical technique to allow for weightlessness and the other unknown effects of space, and he improvised brilliantly - but not always sucessfully.
He treated patients who were injured in ways undreamed of in medical history - including a "bullet wound" from a micro-meteorite - lost some, saved some, and would save many more.. if only he managed to stay alive himself!
An excellent read. As current and foresightful as the day it was first published in 1981. It poses many realistic questions re: the practice of medicine in space.