Quincy M.E.: Season 4, Episode 18

Physician, Heal Thyself (22 Feb. 1979)

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A sobbing 17-year-old girl, driving erratically, manages to get herself to the Bennett Clinic, where she dies in the operating room moments after being attended to... See full synopsis »

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Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
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Joseph Roman ...
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Dr. Ronald Shafer
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Dr. Blair - Chief of Surgery
Milt Kogan ...
Dr. Stewart Taylor
Asher Brauner ...
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Joby Baker ...
Ken Jackson
Don Reid ...
Frank Burrows
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A sobbing 17-year-old girl, driving erratically, manages to get herself to the Bennett Clinic, where she dies in the operating room moments after being attended to... See full synopsis »

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Dr. Tompkins: [discussing Julie Reed's abortion] What do you want me to tell you?
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.: What really happened.
Dr. Tompkins: I don't think it's my place to comment on another doctor's work.
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.: Well, since the patient died, I thought you'd might be willing to talk about it.
Dr. Tompkins: Well, I'm not.
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.: It'll be a lot tougher telling it to the coroner's inquest.
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Preachy...again.
21 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Physician, Heal Thyself" is a very, very unusual episode of "Quincy". Think about it--the show deals with, among other things, abortion! In the States, you hardly ever hear about abortions on TV--mostly because it's such a divisive issue. But here, you have the likes of June Lockhart (of all people) playing a doctor who is very much an advocate for the procedure. Unusual to say the least! This episode is the third or fourth in Season 4 that dealt with incompetent, evil or ACCUSED or incompetent doctors! It makes you wonder if either the writers were lazy OR they simply hated doctors! Regardless, a pattern seemed to be developing this season.

The show begins with a mother requesting an autopsy on her daughter. It seems that the daughter had recently had a legal abortion but had unexpectedly died a few days later. Quincy sees that the woman should not have died but has a hard time proving incompetence. But, as the investigation goes, it appears as if the doctor might have a drinking problem and it might have caused this death. Next thing you know, without much proof, Quincy goes off on a crusade to have this doctor removed.

This episode brings up some excellent points, though I thought Quincy sure handled things in a ham-fisted manner (even more than usual). Additionally, he spent too much time preachy and yelling to make this a particularly good episode. Average at best.


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