The Genocidal Healer
Ballantine, 1992. Novel, 85,000 words.
Sector General the Eighth, but White used the once-cosy hospital
setting to consider terminal illness, euthanasia, pangalactic theology,
and many other deep-thinky bits. Surgeon-Captain Lioren is
a Tarlan BRLH medic whose professional negligence had almost wiped
out the pathologically violent Cromsaggars. Lioren demands
the death penalty for himself, but he doesn't get it (a good thing,
too, this being only page fifty). His redemption begins with
easing the inevitable death of Earth-human Diagnostician Mannen,
who has been a Sector Generaller since they built the place around
him. He also treats Hellishomar the Cutter, a Groalterri patient
who shares his moral anxieties: "I am guilty of a great and terrible
sin" (p.110). Their matching problems are none-too-easily
resolved, and there's a dash of macro-surgery at the climax.
Synopsis by graham Andrews
Ballantine/Del Rey, NY, ISBN 0-345-37109-7, February 1992
BB hardcover SF Book Club edition No 19557, May 1992.
Wilhelm Heyne, Munich, No 0604981, ISBN 3-453-09462-X, February
1996 as Radikaloperation