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Dr. Kildare Goes Home

Dr. Kildare Goes Home(1940)

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Following the completion of his internship and his appointment to staff physician under his mentor, the eminent physician Dr. Leonard Gillespie, young doctor James Kildare returns home to Parkersville for a visit. There he discovers that his father Stephen, a smalltown physician, is in failing health due to the strain of attending to more patients than he can handle. Torn between pursuing his own career and saving his father's life by becoming his assistant, Dr. Kildare conceives of the idea of establishing a community clinic where, at a cost of ten-cents-per-week, patients can avail themselves of medical services offered by three young doctors who have agreed to join him in the project. Though Gillespie is reluctant to let go of his best pupil, he helps Dr. Kildare by procuring some basic medical supplies from his hospital and donating them to the Parkersville clinic. After leaving behind both his promising big-city career and his sweetheart, Mary Lamont, Dr. Kildare starts the clinic. He soon finds his plan jeapordized, however, by the ignorance and prejudice of the townspeople, who oppose the clinic system of medicine. At odds with the entire community, the clinic faces closure, but just as the townspeople are about to vote on the future of Dr. Kildare's enterprise, it is learned that local resident George Winslow has contracted meningitis from a nearby lake. Certain that the people of Parkersville will vote the clinic out, Dr. Kildare elopes with Mary, but does not get very far before he is called back to attend to George, who has become gravely ill. Using his expertise, Dr. Kildare saves George and wins over the townspeople, who come to realize the value of a clinic and unanimously agree to keep it running. With the clinic firmly established in the community, Stephen is able to take a long, deserved rest, while his son returns to New York to be with Mary and take his post with Dr. Gillespie.