Dimitri Sperelakis (The Second Opinion)

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Thea Sperelakis
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Appears in The Second Opinion
Year 2009

Dimitri Sperelakis is a supporting character in the medical thriller novel The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer.


Author Michael Palmer has a son with Asperger syndrome.[1][2]


Dimitri is the son of world-renowned physician Petros Sperelakis.


Dimitri's undiagnosed autism is oft-referenced by the main character of the novel, his younger sister Thea Sperelakis.[3][4][5] It is also stated by the author in the author's notes.[6] Thea is also autistic, specifically diagnosed with Asperger's.


  1. author's notes
  2. Fatal « Michael Palmer Books. Retrieved on 2023-05-14.
  3. chapter 2: "She flashed on Dimitri, never officially diagnosed, but undoubtedly afflicted with abnormal neurology that was similar to hers."
  4. chapter 2: "If not the same, their their diagnoses were certainly kissing cousins, layered on their unique personalities."
  5. chapter 7: "As far as Thea knew, her brother's diagnosis had never been established, although she suspected that whatever had placed him squarely among the neuroatypicals fell somewhere on the autism spectrum, quite possibly some variant of Asperger syndrome or Asperger's combined with some other condition.
  6. author's notes, "11. Is everyone with Asperger's a genius with data or information? [...] People with AS can excel in ideas, in creative, artistic, or technological abilities, or even in intuitive abilities. Some, like Dimitri, have multiple areas of talent (Dimitri excels in information, technology, visual/spatial ability, and intuitive ability).

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