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the Columbia crew ...
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Episode Title: "STIGMA"
Production Number: 040
Original Air Date: 02-05-03
The Enterprise enters orbit of Dekendi Three, where the Interspecies Medical Exchange is hosting a conference. The crew is picking up a medical neutron microscope delivered by Dr. Phlox's second wife, Feezal Phlox.
Subcommander T'Pol is suffering from Pa'nar Syndrome -- an incurable degradation of the synaptic pathways that also affects the endocrine and immune systems -- which is transmitted through mind-melds by a deviant telepathic minority of Vulcans.
Dr. Phlox asks a group of Vulcan physicians at the conference about current research on Pa'nar Syndrome, and they learn that T'Pol has the disease. Dr. Oratt, a ranking member of the Council of Physicians, threatens to recall T'Pol to Vulcan and inform the High Command of her condition, since the practice of mind-melds is not condoned in Vulcan society.
Dr. Yuris, a member of the telepathic minority, gives Dr. Phlox the latest research on Pa'nar Syndrome so he can develop a treatment for T'Pol. When the Council of Physicians learns that T'Pol was subjected to a mind-meld against her will, they allow her to remain aboard the Enterprise, but the Council recalls Dr. Yuris when he admits being a member of the minority.
Factoid: Ensign Mayweather is injured while participating in the Dekendi's favorite sport, which involves four people in a circle filled with fargans -- cow-like animals with humps -- tossing "melons" back and forth, using sticks with metal baskets at the end.
Factoid: T'Pol is an officer in the Vulcan Science Directorate.
Guest Characters: *Feezal Phlox, *Dr. Oratt, *Dr. Yuris
Alien Races: Vulcans, Denobulans, *Dekendi
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