Catch-22

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The group’s medic, Daneeka is not permitted to ground soldiers on account of insanity, according to orders issued by Cathcart. Daneeka has his name placed on the flight rolls of McWatt’s plane, despite not actually flying, in order to collect his combat pay. When McWatt’s plane goes down, Daneeka is treated by the army as if he has died, even though he continues to live and work on Pianosa.

Doc Daneeka Quotes in Catch-22

The Catch-22 quotes below are all either spoken by Doc Daneeka or refer to Doc Daneeka. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of Catch-22 published in 1996.
Chapter 5 Quotes

Sure there’s a catch . . . Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy.

Related Characters: Doc Daneeka (speaker)
Related Symbols: Catch-22
Page Number: 55
Explanation and Analysis:

This is perhaps the most famous, and deadly earnest, joke in the novel. Doc Daneeka tells Yossarian that he, Doc, can only keep Yossarian from flying if Yossarian is proved to be insane. But asking not to fly is proof of sanity, because anyone would have to be crazy to volunteer to fly missions over Italy - since the chance of dying is so high. Thus, in trying to escape war, Yossarian behaves rationally and is forced to continue fighting in the war. If Yossarian were to volunteer, then his behavior would be irrational, and would qualify him, in Doc's eyes, for removal from duty - since no sane man would want to fly under these conditions.

Yossarian here hits upon one of the foundational truths of the novel - that war is sustained by a paradox, that people must hurl themselves in the way of danger, irrationally, in order to show how rational and courageous they are - and that war itself continues despite the best efforts of the people fighting the war to stop it. It is as if war takes on a will of its own, and continues without any interference. 

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Chapter 11 Quotes

“What makes you so sure Major Major is a Communist?”
“You never heard him denying it until we began accusing him, did you? And you don’t see him signing any of our loyalty oaths.”
“You aren’t letting him sign any.”
“Of course not . . . that would defeat the whole purpose of our crusade.”

Related Characters: Doc Daneeka (speaker), Captain Black (speaker), Major Major
Related Symbols: Catch-22
Page Number: 124
Explanation and Analysis:

Captain Black does what he can to get Major Major in trouble, in part because he resents Major's swift (and to his mind, undeserved) rise through the ranks. The loyalty oath is a fine example of this, and an instance not just of the Catch-22 but of the "logic" of the witch hunt, something that would come to dominate post-war American political life. In a witch hunt, any protestation of innocence on the part of an accused party is viewed as a signal of guilt. At the same time an acceptance of guilt would, of course, be understood on its face, as a real acceptance of guilt. Thus, merely to be accused in this setup is to be found guilty - there is nothing any party can do under the circumstances. Black appears to know this, and so when he accused Major of being a Communist - Major, who seems to have no politics at all - he is attempting to seal Major's professional fate with the merest hint of impropriety. 

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Doc Daneeka Character Timeline in Catch-22

The timeline below shows where the character Doc Daneeka appears in Catch-22. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Clevinger
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...him” and resolves war is, in fact, terrible. He runs into the group doctor, Doc Daneeka, who informs Yossarian that Colonel Cathcart, commander of Yossarian’s group, has ordered 50 missions as... (full context)
Chapter 3: Havermeyer
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...but that they must attend—it’s an order. Yossarian complains about the USO shows to Doc Daneeka, who is himself always complaining, in turn, about his health and his financial problems at... (full context)
Chapter 4: Doc Daneeka
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...crazy—his bad dreams occur every night—but he does not know how to help him. Doc Daneeka complains about his own health—he fears constantly that he is getting sick. Daneeka has a... (full context)
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Daneeka worries he will be sent to the Pacific theater of the war; he fears the... (full context)
Chapter 5: Chief White Halfoat
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Doc Daneeka shares a tent with Chief White Halfoat, a Native American soldier whom Daneeka hates. Daneeka... (full context)
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Doc Daneeka tells Yossarian a story of two newlyweds who once came into his office: it turned... (full context)
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Yossarian flies another mission, then asks Daneeka to ground him from flying, owing to insanity. Daneeka says he cannot grant this wish... (full context)
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Daneeka explains, further, that Orr could be grounded, since he is mentally unstable, but he’d have... (full context)
Chapter 7: McWatt
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...group as mess officer (in charge of kitchen supplies). Yossarian has been ordered by Doc Daneeka to be allowed unlimited fruit, because of his liver condition. Yossarian claims never to eat... (full context)
Chapter 10: Wintergreen
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...its large stores of ammunition. All soldiers are required to fly these missions, and Doc Daneeka is no longer permitted to rest soldiers, and take them off duty, for petty ailments. (full context)
Chapter 11: Captain Black
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...Major cannot prove his loyalty, since he is not allowed to sign the oaths. Doc Daneeka points this out to Black, who is unmoved by his logic. (full context)
Chapter 17: The Soldier in White
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...in war, and runs through a list of fatal diseases that could kill him. Doc Daneeka also worries about rare diseases, and Yossarian wonders if it isn’t better simply to wait... (full context)
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Yossarian recalls how he asked Doc Daneeka to ground him from flying, since Major Major asserted only Daneeka could deem him medically... (full context)
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Daneeka tells Yossarian to actually finish a tour—the required number of missions—before he asks to be... (full context)
Chapter 24: Milo
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Doc Daneeka tends to Yossarian after Milo’s bombing of the group. This reminds Yossarian of the way... (full context)
Chapter 27: Nurse Duckett
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Yossarian speaks with Doc Daneeka, who is worried that, if the Germans surrender too quickly, before Japan is defeated, he... (full context)
Chapter 30: Dunbar
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McWatt lets the others in his plane parachute out, although he has also placed Doc Daneeka on his flight logs, so the officers assume Daneeka is in the plane (even though... (full context)
Chapter 31: Mrs. Daneeka
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After McWatt’s death, Cathcart, in mourning, increases the mission requirement to 70. Daneeka walks around, speaking to his two assistants, but they insist he is dead, and that... (full context)
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Daneeka’s wife is informed of his death via letter, but Daneeka, understanding the administrative mistake, dashes... (full context)
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But the War Department writes to Mrs. Daneeka, saying someone has forged this letter from Daneeka, and that the doctor really is dead.... (full context)
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In the meantime, Daneeka is no longer allowed to draw a salary, eat his meals, or otherwise coexist with... (full context)
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Daneeka writes once more to his wife, pleading that he is alive, but at the same... (full context)