This is one of the most undervalued and overlooked gems in the science fiction genre.
Welcome to the Sector 12 General Hospital, the first intergalactic hospital where a multitude of species are employed and treated.
Meet the team of devoted specialists, nurses, technicians, and...
(Actually, the picture is not accurate; the hospital employs not only human species). Here, all species are classified by a four-letter system, according to their natural habitat and physical characteristics. (Reminds me of the periodic table.)
The department of diagnostics is very famous, and is a dream career step for ambitious medics. But only the most bright and mentally strong ones can eventually make it to this department. No, there is no sociopath, drug addict House leading this deparment. Diagnosicians carry multiple Educator tapes (memories) to facilitate treatment of patients of the respective species. But the tapes cause funny personality issues and turn their host into a sociopath.
Most of the books in the Sector General series is a collection of interrelated novellas in the spirit of “House, MD” episodes. Each story evolves around a mysterious medical condition that the medics and diagnosticians have to diagnose under time pressure, and come up with a proper treatment.
And, of course, this book has awesome characters.
"Are you having a problem with Prilicla?" O'Mara asked.
"No! No," Conway said, startled into looking up at O'Mara briefly.
"That would be yes, then," O'Mara said drily.
Earth-ling, male, the mysterious administrator of this giant hospital and, most importantly, head of the Psychology department. He observes mental health of the personnel to ensure that different species can work together. No one knows what he does in his spare time (and if he has any), and everyone fears to end up in his office, if only because of the famously inconvenient seats.
The first novelleta of this book gives a hint on how millitary officer O'Mara ended up in charge of this giant hospital.
Very intellegent, ambitious Earth-human, male. Like House character, he is addicted to medical mysteries. Not a drug abuser, he dislikes humans, but gets along with other species.
Don't worry, there is no interracial romance. Dr. Prilicla is similar in spirit to the character of Dr. Cameron due to his emphatic nature. He feels emotions of others, which is invaluable for the diagnostic deparment. But this and his fragile physical appearance create a lot of trouble for his well-being.
Dr. Thornnastor (aka Thorny)
Thorny, native to Traltha planet, is not an average alien-looking-like-elephant. He is the gossip of the hospital, beloved by nurses. He is also in charge of Pathology section of the hospital and often assists the diagnostic department. Loves Earth humor, and despite his menacing weight, a well-tempered guy.
Smart but cranky nurse of Kelgian species is incapable of lying, and does not fear to voice her opinions to the doctors. Often works with the diagnostics deparment and is one of the highly esteemed nurses of the hospital.
Sexy nurse in the Pathology department, female Earth-ling. She is the right hand of Thorny, and often helps the diagnostics department.