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Old February 15 2013, 07:27 AM   #57
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Re: Why do so many people rag on "Dear doctor"

There was no prime directive written at the time and Archer was acting on his compassion. The eventual directive states, "No starship may interfere with the normal development of any alien life or society." Can we read that to exclude administering a cure as opposed to giving the science behind producing it?

I think this episode was locked into conflict with what we know would eventually happen in the ST lineage as opposed to how it would have been handled if there was no precedent canonical ST.
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