To live as a doctor is to live so that one's life is bound up in others' and in science and in the messy, complicated connection between the two. - Dr Atul Gawande
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"Genetically engineered interstellar surgeon Dr. Cherijo Torin, her husband, Duncan Reever, and a handpicked crew journey to the planet oKia to find a cure for the lethal black mineral that has caused suffering and death on too many worlds. While dealing with the primitive oKiaf and the fierce guardians protecting them, one of Cherijo's interns is infected, and his body slowly begins to crystallize..."--p. of cover.… (more)