Medic: Season 1, Episode 19

Dr. Impossible (28 Feb. 1955)

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In 1884, pioneering surgeon Dr. William Stewart Halstead finds that he and three colleagues are slowly but surely becoming seriously addicted to the cocaine that they have been using in anesthetic self-experiments.

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Arthur Space ...
Dr. William Stewart Halstead
Richard Garland ...
Dr. Kemp
Peter Miller ...
Dr. Morgan
Wendell Holmes ...
Dr. Welch
Kathleen Mulqueen ...
Mrs. Morgan
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Baker
Charles Seel ...
Max, the waiter
Tamar Cooper ...
Girl Patient
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In 1884, pioneering surgeon Dr. William Stewart Halstead finds that he and three colleagues are slowly but surely becoming seriously addicted to the cocaine that they have been using in anesthetic self-experiments.

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Dr. William Stewart Halstead: [Addresses bedraggled colleagues] It is my considered opinion that cocaine is a habit-forming drug. Recall the past four or five weekends. Why have they been so depressing? Why? All week long, we feel fine. Then the weekends come along, Saturday and Sunday. We feel low, depressed - can't wait until we get back to work. There's not one of us who has any interest that lies outside of this room. Why? It's not the work that's driving us any more - it's the drug. We proved one thing more about ...
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A New Appreciation
26 September 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Unusual entry that delves into medical history of the 1880's. I guess I'd never really thought about how medical science has developed over time, and what sacrifices have been involved. This episode touches on search for an effective anesthesia. Cocaine has just arrived on the medical scene but needs to be tested as a possible solution. So Dr. Halstead (Space) and colleagues use themselves as guinea pigs, soon finding out that the drug's addictive. By then, however, it's too late and their medical careers are derailed, except for Halstead. Now, I thought the Sinatra film Man With The Golden Arm (1955) was the first Hollywood production to deal with drugs and addiction. But looks like this 30-minutes beat the movie by a few months. I'm glad the producers took a chance and showed Halstead going through excruciating withdrawals, certainly daring for TV and that time. Overall, it's an effective and informative entry. Plus I'll be more appreciative next time I visit the doctor.


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