Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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A Question of Death 

The M.E.'s office is helping a hospital with their organ donation program. Quincy goes there to help declare a young man dead and he was told that his kidney would go to a man whose ... See full summary »


Ray Danton


Aubrey Solomon (teleplay), Steve Greenberg (teleplay) | 6 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Granville Van Dusen ... Raymond Morrison
Royal Dano ... Dr. Williams
Peter Hobbs ... Dr. Peterson
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... Andrew Corey
Logan Ramsey ... Martin Bloch
Edward Grover ... Dr. Richard Monroe (as Ed Grover)
Don Keefer ... Terence Morgan
Nancy Priddy ... Joan Corey
Jeanne Bates ... Mrs. Murphy
Judson Pratt ... Mr. Murphy


The M.E.'s office is helping a hospital with their organ donation program. Quincy goes there to help declare a young man dead and he was told that his kidney would go to a man whose constantly having dialysis. Quincy and the doctor talk to the boy's parents and convince them to donate his organs for transplant. Later a lawyer upon learning of this sues the hospital for coercing the parents for gain. Quincy's in awe cause the man he was told who would receive the organ is not a man of means. He learns that the hospital director overruled the doctor and had the organ given to a wealthy man. Now the whole program is in jeopardy unless Quincy can prove to the parents that their son was brain dead at the time. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

4 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Quincy and Doctor Monroe are talking, he brings up the fact that the young organ donor wasn't wearing a helmet when he crashed his motorcycle, Quincy commented that wearing helmets should be mandatory. However, it would be another 13 years before California passed the law that made helmets mandatory while riding motorcycles. See more »

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Decent for a preachy episode.
20 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While this is clearly a 'soapbox' episode of "Quincy" (where the point of the show is less to entertain and more to preach to the audience about some social issue), it's still well worth seeing. I noticed the other current review felt the show was just okay, but I appreciated it because it brings to the public the debate about the exact legal meaning of death (such as in the Karen Ann Quinlan and Terri Schiavo cases).

"A Question of Death" begins with a motorcyclist having a wreck. He's declared legally dead by Quincy but they keep the body on life support in order to allow for an organ donation. A couple problems ensue--the hospital gives the kidney to a different recipient than originally intended and an evil lawyer convinces to donor's family to sue. Now the lawsuit has no real basis--the man was brain dead. But, the lawyer is looking for a buck. And, sadly, the lawsuit against the hospital and coroner's office result in a cessation of transplants as well as the working relationship between the two organizations. So, naturally, Quincy is out to convince everyone that the death certificate was correct AND that the transplants need to continue.

Overall, not a great episode...but a very good one. A bit preachy, perhaps, but also very thought-provoking.

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