The protagonist's reliance on his peers to provide medical assistance was meant to infer his reluctance to participate in medieval medical practices, and his tip-toes on egg-shells for the benefit of @batkevin74 was to avoid ex-communication from the church, yet it was all set against the virtual backdrop of the Internet. What a twist?
Excuse me, please. I need to go read Chin Music #2 [plug!]. The combination of Niles and Harris may not have the romantic chemistry of "Tristan and Isolde," but they have my imagination locked in the branks.