Tor, 1997. Novel, 92000 words.
Not to be confused with (The) Final Diagnosis, by Arthur (Airport)
Hailey. White harks back to the Galactic Federation/Etlan Empire
conflict that raged in those now almost legendary days of Star Surgeon.
Earth-human Patient Hewlitt, who had been but a boy on Etla at the
time, suffers from severe post-traumatic xenophobia. He must
also be cured of his supposedly impossible knack for catching every
virus known to man or alien. Sector General accepted the conventional
medical wisdom that germs from one world cannot infect beings who
are native to another world -- until the 'Hewlitt Syndrome' came
along. Rave review from an unexpected source: "A masterfully
crafted puzzle that is pure catnip for science fiction fans" (Romantic
Sector General (Ballantine, 1983).
Synopsis by graham Andrews
TOR Books, NY, ISBN 0-312-86148-6, hardback, May 1997
Tor Books, NY, ISBN D-812-56268-2, paperback, July 1998
AST Publishers, Russia, 26/8/97
Heyne German pb contract, 30/6/98
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