Tor, 1998. Novel, 89,000 words.
Definitely not to be confused with The Young Doctors (1963 Corgi
retitling of Arthur Hailey's The Final Diagnosis). Although Dr.
(Peter) Conway started 'life' as an unaging character à la
Dr. (James) Kildare, who might have been spontaneously generated
for each book, he finally began to act his chronological age - well,
most of the time. The same thing could be said about my favourite
Sector General staff member, Chief Psychologist O'Mara, who helped
build the place around Diagnostician Mannen. Now the old warhorse
faces mandatory turning out to pasture, if not the interstellar
glue factory, and he's not particularly well-pleased at the prospect.
Does the ultimate 'mind-changer' go gently into that good senior-citizen
night? No siree, Dr. Bob! "Seconds out..."
Synopsis by graham Andrews
TOR Books, NY, ISBN 0-312-86663-1, hardback $23.95, Oct 1998
TALES OF SECTOR GENERAL (Science Fiction Book Club Omnibus Edition)
containing The Galactic Gourmet, Final Diagnosis and Mind Changer,
No 10064, ISBN 7394-0159-9,February 1999
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