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"Medic" Dr. Impossible (1955)

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A New Appreciation

Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA
26 September 2014

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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