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Dr. Kildare's Strange Case

Dr. Kildare's Strange Case(1940)

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Dr. Gregory Lane, a brain surgeon whose reputation has been damaged by the death of several of his patients, becomes Dr. James Kildare's rival for the affections of nurse Mary Lamont. Because of his low salary at the hospital, Jimmy has been unable to propose to Mary, a situation that is remedied when Dr. Squires of the prestigious Messenger Institute offers him a lucrative job. When Jimmy turns down the job to continue working with his teacher, Dr. Leonard Gillespie, Mary's hopes for marriage are dashed. Soon after, Jimmy is assigned to work with Lane, whose confidence has been shaken by the death of yet another patient. When confronted by a patient with a skull fracture who refuses the operation that can save his life, Lane wavers but Jimmy urges the surgeon to perform the procedure anyway. Unfortunately, when the patient awakens, he is insane, and Lane is held responsible for his condition. Convinced that the patient was deranged before surgery, Jimmy decides to risk his career by administering dangerous insulin shock treatments that could restore the man's sanity. After five trying hours, the treatment proves successful, and the man regains his reason. Discovering that the patient's illness was brought on by a separation from his wife, Jimmy brings the woman to her husband's bedside and effects a reconciliation. Their reunion after a separation of five years inspires Jimmy to propose to Mary, and she accepts with the understanding that they will have to wait a while for the wedding.