Dr. Kildare (1961–1966)
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Something Old, Something New 

A young woman is injured in a car accident in which her boyfriend is killed. Upon examination it is discovered that she is pregnant and terminally ill. The girl doesn't want her mother to ... See full summary »

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Emily Field
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Terry Cole
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A young woman is injured in a car accident in which her boyfriend is killed. Upon examination it is discovered that she is pregnant and terminally ill. The girl doesn't want her mother to know about the pregnancy, and the mother does not want her daughter to know about her prognosis. First of two parts. Written by rbecker28

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6 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Season Five Story Six
2 July 2016 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

Episodes Something Old, Something New To Visit One More Spring

This is a dramatic but really contrived story about an overbearing, prudish mother, (Kim Hunter), who hates her daughter's (Sharon Farrell), boyfriend. Sharon insists on going off with him and he is killed in an auto accident that she survives. In the hospital, the doctors find out Sharon is pregnant with her boyfriend's child. They also find out she has leukemia and may not survive to give birth to the child. Sharon realizes her mother won't want the child and doesn't want her told about it. She doesn't know she's dying and expects to "go away some place" to have her child and start a new life. Her mother doesn't know about the pregnancy but does know about the leukemia and doesn't want her daughter told. But this might prevent her from getting treatment that could extend her life so she could have the baby.

You wonder what the obligations the medical profession has in these cases to withhold or obscure the truth. The patient obviously knows various tests are being done. What is the result? How can they lie about that without seeming to lie? What is the point of the charade? Do they really think the patient isn't going to know- or that the mother in this case, isn't going to realize her daughter is pregnant?


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