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Introduction (blurb)

Dr. Elizabeth Lense has had a fine career. She was first in her class at Starfleet Medical - ahead of the genetically enhanced Julian Bashir -- and a hero during the Dominion War, and is now the chief medical officer on the USS da Vinci. But Captain David Gold notices that her performance has not been up to snuff. She's been listless and stressed, and is delegating most of her responsibilities to the da Vinci's Emergency Medical Hologram.

Her malaise couldn't possibly come at a worse time, because a virus has erupted on Sherman's Planet -- and the planet's entire population, as well as the crew of the da Vinci, are now marked for death by the virulent plague!

Can Lense find her way out of depression to determine a cure? And will the cure the worse than the disease?


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John AmbroseAbraham AuerbachDomenica CorsiJohn CopperKieran DuffyEmmettDavid GoldVance HawkinsJubileeElizabeth LenseFabian StevensTylerSandy WetzelSongmin Wong
Referenced only 
Jennifer AlmieriHeather AndersonJulian BashirRichard BashirBowdrenJohn BurkeCioffiRoberto CorsiBeverly CrusherEberlingEmilyDiego FelicianoGainesRachel GilmanDaniel GoldSonya GomezKhor, son of LantarLeffOroszPhil SeldenShvakEsther SilverTwistekeyVivaldi

Starships and vehicles

USS da VinciDebenture of Triple-Lining LatinumUSS Lexington


Armstrong CityCestus IIIDeep Space 9Deep Space Station K-7EarthFloridaFounders' homeworldMemory AlphaNew York CityPike CityRisaSan Francisco BaySherman's PlanetStarbase 314Venus

Races and cultures


States and organizations

"The Institute"Klingon EmpireRoyal Academy of LondonStarfleet MedicalStarfleet Medical AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Other references

AugmentaxeballerinaBattle of Donatu VbiofilterdamitoldilithiumebolaEugenics WarsThe Four Seasonsgenetic engineeringgrapesOrganian Peace TreatyPatient ZeroPlanetary Administratorpostganglionic nervepreganglionic fiberPrime DirectiveSeptember 11Seventh GuaranteeSherman's PlaguesmallpoxStarfleet Medical Regulationsswimming pooltangerine juiceVulcan beboneawineyellow fever


  • This book is notable for having the first Trek reference to the events of September 11, 2001.

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Short stories "Field Expediency" • "An Easy Fast"
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