Chief Medical Officer’s Log

Oh, this will be a doozy… I suppose that’s not a very professional introduction but it’s a very accurate one. When Lieutenant Commander Bender arrived with Crewman Redmond Shert I figured it was just another case of Andorian flu. It had been going around on Starbase 313 before the “comet” devastation. (I can’t believe I am mentioning that as a side note of this report, but we were successful in treating most of the casualties. The death toll came to 33, most of them dead on arrival.)

Crewman Shert displayed almost all symptoms of the flu – high temperature, body aches and pains, a nasty cough and sore throat, headache. I took a sample of his blood to analyze and positively identify the flu virus, but to my surprise that is not what I found at all. That is, I didn’t find anything at first. It was as if there was nothing wrong with him… except for the fact that he was effectively dying from the flu something that hasn’t happened in hundreds of years. Nothing I gave him worked. Antivirals and antifebriles were all ineffective. 

I had nurse practitioner Tribble take some tissue samples to analyze in her lab. 

It was then that the biobed Crewman Shert was laying on malfunctioned. I recalled Lieutenant Commander Bender to sickbay to take a look at the problem. She looked over that bio bad like I looked over my patient – really confused as to what the problem might be – very unlike our chief engineer, who was usually ready with answers and brilliant solutions to complex problems. 

NP Tribble returned with some results. She had managed to identify a virus before her equipment start to malfunction too. To determine how contagious this virus was we took blood and tissue samples from everyone in sickbay, including Lieutenant Commander Bender. Imagine our surprise at learning that we were all infected with the same virus. Except we weren’t sick… yet. I quarantined sickbay immediately. No one was getting in or out.

I wondered about the source of the infection – it had to be Starbase 313… clearly there was more to that “comet” story that no one believed anyway, but I digress. It would be impossible to pinpoint patient zero. We had since left the base and we did not have tissue samples from all of the crew. Just some of those we treated. There were so many injured… from the attack or comet or whatever… But not one person from our own crew… Usually there was at least a scrape, gash, sprained ankle, something! But it occurred to me that I had not treated a single member of our own crew since we left that Starbase. A fluke of good health and accident free living? Doubtful. We needed more tissue samples from the rest of the crew. Thankfully I could simply contact the off duty medical personnel and they could collect and deliver the samples to sickbay. 

That was how we found out that every single member of the crew was infected. But still only Crewman Shert was ill and the biobed he was laying on. And the instruments that had analyzed his samples… Could this virus spread from humans to machines? I ask NP Tribble to analyze Mr Shert’s full genetic profile while I went to work on the virus’ RNA sequence. We had to work fast. Mr. Shert’s condition was deteriorating. 

My findings were astonishing to say the least. The virus was indeed capable of infecting man and machine. Ms. Tribble’s diligent work also yielded interesting results. There was a unique element in Mr. Shert’s DNA that acted as a switch for this virus… turned it’s extreme healing properties destructive. Ms. Tribble was sure she could flip this switch back with some “good old-fashioned genetic engineering”. As a witness to her recent work – I did not doubt she could pull it off. 

I had so many questions at this point. I was absolutely certain that this “well” virus was not naturally occurring. Was someone trying to create a so called “fountain of youth”? Did that have something to do with the attack on SB 313? If Crewman Shert’s genetic makeup triggered something in the virus to cause harm rather than heal – how fast would that effect the rest of the ship? Already more systems in sickbay were starting to fail… And if we managed to flip the switch back… would everything be repaired again? 

I started to feel feverish… I decided to check on NP Tribble’s progress. On my way to the lab I saw our chief engineer working feverishly (literally), trying to purge the effected systems. 

NP Tribble was breaking out some ancient equipment she had replicated long before this “incident”. Equipment relying less on computers. We worked in silence unless we needed to speak. We were both feeling the ill effects of the virus. We could only imagine the rest of the crew starting to do the same. After all, as it spread through the computer, quarantining sickbay proved to be ineffective. I heard the Captain’s voice over the con. I told him to stand by. We did not have time to explain. 

By the time we were reasonably sure we had what we needed to “switch off” the unique gene in Crewman Shert we could barely walk. We ambled over with an old fashioned syringe NP Tribble had and injected the cure… A strange mist descended over sickbay and I slid down to the floor. I saw a couple of men in black uniforms enter sickbay…

When we woke up, Crewman Shert was gone. Not just from sickbay, but as it turned out, the ship as well. His file just stated “reassigned”. Reassigned where? And how? It’s not like we had reached our new destination yet – Starbase 14. 

We were also virus free. Good virus, bad virus, gone virus. The mist… maybe it wasn’t a figment of my feverish imagination. Maybe it had been a cure…

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Chief Medical Officer’s log – supplemental. After logging my report of the incident it was immediately classified… I expect it’ll be soon purged from record entirely. 

IOIS – College of US History
CUSH 101 – 1600-1699 DISTINCTION

Chief Medical Officer’s Log

Quiet month in sickbay. NP Tribble has used the down time to coop up in her lab hatching goodness knows what new scheme. I’ve been catching up with the administrative work, which is my least favorite part of the job. Interestingly enough, when I try to delegate, NP Tribble manages to be extremely busy with a critical juncture of an experiment. One of these days I’ll have a severe word… but I’ve also been using the down time to have a vacation from my Nurse Practitioner…
I’ve been told to expect new personnel before we leave Titan. I look forward to meeting them.

In Service,
Commander D. Taylor, CMO

Chief Medical Officer’s Log

I have returned from maternity leave a few days ago. Captain Taylor and I welcomed a new cadet into our family on the 17th of August. Alice Amanda Taylor was 7 lbs 12oz. And 19 inches – came into this world kicking and screaming and hasn’t stopped since.
I find Sickbay in surprisingly good shape and we’ll stocked. Nurse Tribble said she was “just doing my job”. After I get caught up with patient files and reports I will definitely investigate this claim… especially since, among the reports I found that our Nurse T had completed all courses and tests to become a nurse practitioner. All that’s left is a 120 hours of supervised practice. Well, I suppose I can grit my teeth and bear it. I could, after all, use the help.
Chief Medical Officer’s log, supplemental
I walked in on Nurse Tribble wrangling a large, malodorous beast from the nurse’s lounge back into the lab… After having some severe words and issuing serious threats, I got her to confess that it was one of her continued experiments on fungi that… “got a little out of control” and had “a little stroll around the ship”. “He’s really just a harmless, fuzzy, perhaps a little too ambulatory, and overgrown mold…” After some more discouraging words and extra duty assignments she promised she would take better care to keep her experiments contained. I’m the last person to dissuade scientific research, but this is a starship, Not the Island of Dr. Moreau!
Commander Dora Taylor, Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer’s Log

The USS Narragansett participated in a most… interesting… fucking crazy… strange as hell… dangerous as all hell… life-altering… peculiar mission this month – in tandem with ships Voyager and Enterprise. I was assigned to the Enterprise as Chief Medical Officer for this mission, while I left the Narragansett in the crazy… totally demented… completely insubordinate…  most capable hands of Nurse Tribble, where she ended up with the temporary role of acting first officer with the rank of Commander. I am absolutely flabbergasted… astonished… knocked down with a feather pleased that my nurse has inspired such confidence in the crew and has performed her duties so abominably… admirably. She even had time to completely destroy carefully monitor my experiments in my absence.

As to our mission, I hope that this is the last we shall ever have anything to do with that blasted mycelial drive. The human race (and nearly all other races in the universe) would’ve gone extinct because of it, had it not been for the dedication and determination of the crews of these three (with the addition of the Shenzhou: four) ships. I am sure I will never look at my experiments with fungi in the same way again.

I am glad to be back in my own sickbay and to be dealing with bumps, bruises and trifling colds again. I feel like I need a little boredom in my life just now.

 

End Report
Doctor D. Taylor
Senior Sciences Division Chief
Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer’s Log

The past month has seen increased traffic to sickbay. As I had a bout of severe Klingon bronchitis, I was forced to engage the EMH in my absence. Never has the need for more staff in sickbay been more apparent.

CMO’s log, supplemental
I have obtained a new tribble on DS9, while simultaneously finding homes for the five “extra” creatures our Jr. Cadet son had accidentally bred. Jr. Cadet Taylor refuses to relinquish the original tribble I had been granted by the Captain for research purposes. Therefore, I will continue my (gentle) research on the newly obtained specimen. It’s a lovely, light-gray tribble with the most soothing purr… But I digress. Tribbles are fascinating creatures. I have isolated a very interesting protein from their blood that I am in the process of synthesizing for further study.
Doctor Taylor
CMO

Medical Report on Klingons

Klingons – History and Physiology

Klingon Historical Timeline

 Around 900 AD: After slaying the tyrant Molor using the first bat’leth, Kahless the Unforgettable founds the Klingon Empire, becoming its first emperor.
 14th century: A race from the Gamma Quadrant, which the Klingons call Hur’q, invade Qo’noS. When they leave, they steal valuable artifacts, including the Sword of Kahless. Also during that century “Klingon warriors, set out and slew all of their gods, because they were more trouble than they were worth”.
 16th century: “The Dark Time” – Emperor Reclaw and the imperial family of the Second Dynasty are killed by General K’Trelan. For ten years, the Empire enters “The Dark Time” when it is ruled by a council elected by the people, until a Third Dynasty mimicking the 2nd one is installed to rule the Empire.
 2016: After the Klingons destroy a Vulcan starship, the latter react with a strict fire-first-policy, which earns the Vulcans respect and eventually leads to formal diplomatic relations.
 Mid-21st century: The reign of the last Emperor ends and the lead of the Empire falls to the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council.
 2133: After losing the crew of a starship, the Klingon High Council forbids all its ships any attempt to enter the Delphic Expanse.
 2151: First contact with Earth is initiated when Enterprise NX-01 assists Klaang at proving that the Suliban Cabal is trying to destabilize the Empire as part of the Temporal Cold War.
 2152 & 2153: Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise evades Klingon authorities three times after repeatedly “interfering” with the Empire’s politics.
 2154: Augment Crisis – Enhanced Humans try to annihilate Qu’Vat Colony, but ultimately fail in their attempt to ignite a war between the Empire and United Earth. The Empire then uses residue of the Human DNA to breed augmented warriors of its own, but inadvertently creates a virus causing generations of Klingons to lose their cranial ridges amongst others. Sometime hereafter, Klingon-Federation encounters became very rare up until 2256.
 2223: Federation-Klingon Cold War – Relations between the Empire and the United Federation of Planetsdegenerate starting a tense cold war.
 2245: The inconclusive Battle of Donatu V is fought between the Klingon Empire and the Federation.
 2256: Open war between the Klingon Empire and the Federation breaks out.
 2267: After engaging in a brief open conflict, the Klingon Empire and the Federation sign the Treaty of Organia establishing ground rules for further interaction and the resolution of territorial disputes, e.g. over Sherman’s Planet. That same year, the Empire, the Federation, and the Romulan Star Empire jointly establish a colony on Nimbus III, officially declaring it ‘the planet of galactic peace’.
 2271: Empire forces under Kor achieve a memorable victory over the Romulans at the Battle of Klach D’kel Brakt.
 2272: The Klingon Empire relinquishes its claims on Archanis IV to the Federation.
 2285 & 2286: Fearing it to be a new devastating Federation weapon, a diplomatic incident involving James T. Kirk arises over the Empire’s attempt to gain information about the Genesis Device.
 2289: The Federation and the Klingon Empire hold a diplomatic meeting at Korvat colony, however without producing any substantial results.
 2290: The Albino raids Klingon colonies but three battle cruisers commanded by Kor, Kang, and Koloth fail to apprehend him. That same year, the sleeper ship IKS T’Ong is dispatched on a “crucial” long-range mission from which it would not return until 2365.
 2292: By this year, the Romulans are considered “blood enemies” in the Klingon Empire.
 2293: Khitomer Accords – The explosion of the Klingon moon Praxis causes an ecological disaster, disposing Chancellor Gorkon to pursue a full peace treaty with the Federation. Despite the subsequent assassination of Gorkon, his daughter and new Chancellor, Azetbur, participates at the Khitomer Conference, which leads to the Khitomer Accords establishing a lasting peace between the two powers.
 2344: Despite ongoing negotiations for a new peace treaty, the Klingon-Federation relations are again tense by this year. The Empire’s alliance with the Federation is eventually cemented by the honorable act of the Federation vessel USS Enterprise-C, which responds to a Klingon distress signal from Narendra IIIand is destroyed while trying to protect the outpost from a Romulan attack.
 2346: With the help of the traitor Ja’rod of the House of Duras, the Romulans commit the Khitomer Massacre, killing almost all of the 4,000 Klingon colonists on Khitomer.
 2350: Romulan forces fail in an attempt to board Klingon General ShiVang’s flagship. That same year, later Romulan Praetor Neral’s family are killed in a Klingon attack.
 2366: In order to avert a civil war, Klingon Chancellor K’mpec conceals Ja’rod’s treason, due to his house’s influence in the High Council.
 2367: Klingon Civil War – After K’mpec dies of poisoning, Gowron, who is opposing the House of Duras, becomes new Chancellor. His position is quickly challenged but eventually affirmed in the brief civil war against the Romulan-influenced, but ultimately inferior, House of Duras.
 2369: A clone of Kahless created by clerics from Boreth assumes the re-created, but now purely representative, position of Klingon emperor, while Gowron remains the Empire’s Chancellor and factual leader.
 2371: General Martok is covertly abducted and interned by the Dominion, while a Changeling replaces him.
 2372: Led by the Martok-Changeling, the Klingon Empire starts an invasion of the Cardassian Union, which is subsequently condemned by the Federation. Later that year, the Federation’s and Klingon’s old dispute over the Archanis sector escalates, leading to the Klingon’s withdrawal from the Khitomer Accords.
 2373: The real Martok is freed after the Changeling impersonating him is revealed earlier this year. The Cardassian Union joins the Dominion, swiftly resolving the Klingon’s conflict with the Federation and reinstating the Khitomer Accords. Later that year, the Dominion attacks and captures the Federation station Deep Space 9, beginning the Dominion War against the Empire and the Federation.
 2374: With the aid of Klingon ships sent at the last moment by Gowron, the Federation recaptures Deep Space 9. Later that year, the Romulan Star Empire turns the tide of the war as it joins the Empire and the Federation against the Dominion.
 2375: The Dominion gains the upper hand in the war again with its alliance with the Breen Confederacywhich uses energy dampening weapons. Due to a technical uniqueness of Klingon vessels, the Empire holds the front on its own for some weeks being outnumbered 20:1. Fearing the growing popularity of the successful General Martok, Gowron tries to discredit him by ordering suicidal missions, but is subsequently killed by Worf. Martok becomes the new Klingon Chancellor and, with the help of the Cardassian Rebellion, the Federation Alliance manages to repel the Dominion forces, finally capturing Cardassia Prime later that year and ending the Dominion war with the Treaty of Bajor.
 2385: The Klingon Empire fully recovers from its losses during the Dominion War according to an estimate by Section 31.

Klingon Physiology

Like most humanoids, the essence of the Klingon anatomical form consists of a head, neck torso, and four limbs.
Internally, the Klingon anatomy is markedly different from that of other humanoids. There is a great deal more multiple redundancy in their organs, a principle they called brak’lul. This allows Klingons to survive severe injuries in battle. They have twenty-three ribs, two livers, an eight-chambered heart, three lungs, and even redundant neural function as well as multiple stomachs. Some geneticists believe that the extra organs, notably the third lung, evolved to give Klingons greater stamina on the battlefield. Klingons have relatively little knowledge of their own biology and their medicine is very poorly developed. This is largely due to their warrior traditions – a Klingon who is wounded is expected to be left to either survive through his own strength, die, or undergo the hegh’bat, a form of ritual suicide.
The most distinctive feature of the modern Klingon is a sagittal crest, beginning on the forehead and often continuing over the skull. Klingons head shape differs between individuals, with some having skulls that extended backwards into a elongated cone shape. The cranium, itself, is encased in an exoskeleton, which possesses a feature known as the tricipital lobe.
The lower half of the face tends to follow familiar humanoid appearance, and even the ridges on back of their heads if any tend to be less pronounced and slight, leaving the general shape as Human skull and covered in more skin than bone, it is in these regions where hair is most likely seen to grow. Eyebrows tend to grow in a more diagonal direction than other humanoids, but also have noticeably diagonal suborbital ridges where eyebrows otherwise exist.

Klingons ears include both external auricle and pinna and recessed pinna. External auricle structures tend to be rounded, and the recessed pinna tends to come to a point before forming into the back of the head.

Klingon eyes generally round in size and shape (consisting of varying shades with white sclera). They may flash more white of their eyes which they use to intimidate a rival or enemy. Other Klingon eyes have large corneas, pink sclera, and almost gem-like reflective quality to them. Klingons, especially females, are said to lack tear ducts. However, for males Klingon myth stated that Kahless once filled the ocean with his tears, and at least one Klingon, Kurn, produced tears.

They also have more physically pronounced cheeks, and a vertical ridge that goes down their chin into their neck, which expands into ridges on their upper chest and shoulders and between the breasts of at least the females. The neck structure varies from smooth flesh to flesh containing pits and bony structures that lead up the side of their head, and down the back of their head and spine.

Klingon noses tend to vary having between several slight horizontal ridges on the brow of their noses, or a single vertical ridge or crack from the top of the brow to the tip of the nose to being wider and flatter, nearly flush against the forehead. They also have heavier ridges over their nostrils, compared to the two minimally ridged or un-ridged nostrils. The nose tends to lay flatter on the face than in other Klingons as well and wider.

Klingon teeth typically consist of two sharp fangs (incisors) with crooked or sharpened teeth (it was said they sharpen their teeth, often before going into battle). However, not exclusive, others have pronounced thick lips with sharp teeth, with each tooth being considerably larger size.

Klingons of both sexes usually have hair on their heads while male Klingons often have facial hair as well. Hair is usually long, curly and wavy, described as thick and luxuriant. Accelerated hair growth is often experienced by Klingons during puberty, or jak’tahla, along with severe mood swings and unusual aggressive tendencies. Klingon hair greys with age. Other Klingons are completely bald, lacking facial hair. For Klingons with hair, cases of receding hairlines or full or partial baldness existed during 2160s, and later in the 2260s through 2290s. Klingons as young as those who have not reached the Age of Ascension, typically do not wear beards.
Klingons also have sharp thick talons on their hands that make up the end of their digits.

The chest of the Klingon males appears to be largely smooth and slick, the females have a large chest area with ridges that come down to the top of their breasts across their shoulders. The backs of these Klingons is highly covered with ridges from shoulder to shoulder and across small of their back radiating from highly defined thickly ridged spine. The sides of the abdomen of at least the females appears to be highly defined with rib-like ridges as well. Even the buttocks region is heavily ridged.

End Report

Doctor Dora Taylor
CMO