Gannon comes to the aid of a student nurse who is efficient but resented by some for taking her own initiative too often. When a bus crash brings in a couple dozen patients, it puts her even more to the test.
Nurse Marge Bowen (Mercedes McCambridge) successfully convinces a young singer (Cliff Potts) to have surgery that could affect his voice. But she steals pain pills rather than face her own health problems.
A determined researcher is overly eager to test a promising new drug on a 19-year-old patient with Hodgkin's Disease, but Gannon is reluctant because of a lack of information about the possible side effects.
Dr. Martin Lambert is so proud of his eldest son Jerry, a diving champion aiming for the Olympics, that he refuses to believe the boy may have a muscular disorder. And because of his obsession with Jerry's future, he has neglected his younger son.
A young, ambitious black resident thinks that Gannon is too reluctant to allow him to perform surgery, and that his assignment to a low income elderly white Southern patient is somehow meant as an insult.