In Sickness and in Health (Star Trek: TOS story by Ida Vega)
|Title:||In Sickness and in Health|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine As I Do Thee #21.
"Spock's decision to return to Vulcan after the 5-year mission wasn't accepted with much grace on Kirk's part. But now that Spock is back on board the USS ENTERPRISE, the old friends find themselves facing some truths that had been far too unacceptable to admit at the time of their parting."
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I am not going to lecture on the present day realities of factory farming which entails breeding, raising, enslaving and slaughtering animals for the purpose of eating their dead flesh. However, I am going to comment on this practice taking place in the 23rd century where animals and all sentient beings are no longer supposed to be subjugated. In this story, not only is it an acceptable practice, but Spock participates wholeheartedly with unblinking acceptance and even adds his 2-cents worth to what's wrong with the sick baby animals.
Kirk and Spock use their mental link like a psychic telephone and everyone starts getting sick from the cattle disease while Uhura administers a greatly detailed Heimlich maneuver and CPR on Kirk.I am going to say that this story does have interesting plot ideas including a nasty villain, bribes, a sting and a medical mystery. But, lyme disease! Why not some bizarre, unknown, tropical, alien disease that McCoy has to consult the Fabrini about? 
- from Come Together #9