This medical drama told the stories of Dr. James Kildare, who starts the series as an intern under the tutelage of Dr. Leonard Gillespie. Kildare starts by ignoring his mentor's advice that "doctors keep patients alive, they don't tell them how to live." The series repeats this pattern throughout subsequent episodes, introducing character stories beside the medical drama. It is responsible for launching Richard Chamberlain's career.
The character of Kildare started in a series of films in the 1930's and 40's (and was eventually written out in favor of the mentor character Gillespie). He also appeared in a radio serial and eventually a short lived comic book series.
Sister Benjamin is forced to give up her missionary work when she's stricken with leukemiaâ€”an illness she hides from her father, a gentle, itinerant pool shark. (Part 1 of 4)
Joe Quinlan becomes the talk of Blair Hospital when he slips out of his sick bed to hustle a wealthy patient in a pool game. (Part 3 of 4)
Despite a serious heart ailment, Joe Quinlan competes in a strenuous pool tournament to win the money for his daughter's hospital bill. (Part 4 of 4)
Gillespie is impressed with intern Jessie Martel's handling of patient Frederic Foray, a temperamental pianist whose career is threatened by Parkinson's disease. (Part 2 of 2)
""The Atheist and the True Believer"" begins a six-part story. Dr. Gillepsie expects fireworks: Attorney Justin Post, an outspoken arheist, will be visiting the hospital at the same time as evangelist Andrew Webb. (1/2 hour)
Part 2 ""A Quick Look at Glory"" A Reporter tricks evangelist Andrew Webb into implying that atheist Justin Post's heart attack may have been ""Divine Punishment"". (1/2 hour)
Part 3 ""A Sort of Falling In Love"" Amy Post seeks a medical explanation for her father's abrupt conversion from atheism to religion after his near brush with death. (1/2 hour)
Part 4 ""The Last to Believe in Miracles"" Amy Post learns that her father wants to join Dr. Webb in his evangelistic crusade. (1/2 hour)
Part 5 ""The Next Thing To Murder"" Dr. Kildare feels that he must prevent Justin Post from making a television appearance-and he plans to do it by declaring the former atheist mentally incompetent. (1/2 hour)
Conclusion. ""Never So Happy"" Justin Post is determained to appear on television with evangelist Andrew Webb-despite the danger to himself and the effect of his actions on his daughter. (1/2 hour)