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Marcus Welby, M.D.: The Chemistry of Hope

Pancho McGurney does not feel well at all, so his parents send him to Dr. Welby for tests. Dr. Welby sends him to the hospital, and then must have a hard conversation with Pancho's parents, centered around a word no parent wants to hear: leukemia. Treatment is further complicated by a serious disagreement between Pancho's father and Dr. Welby over what to tell the boy about why he's sick, and why he's in the hospital for such a long time.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 30816
Airdate: Tuesday December 16th, 1969



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Guest Stars
Barry Williams
As Pancho McGurney
Bradford Dillman
As Ken McGurney
Carol Andreson
As Private Nurse
Heather Menzies
As Margie McGurney
Nancy Malone
As Nora McGurney
Main Cast
Robert Young
As Dr. Marcus Welby
James Brolin
As Dr. Steven Kiley
Episode Notes
Leukemia, broadly, is a cancer of the white blood cells which is characterized by rapid proliferation of these cells in the marrow. The marrow releases mostly mutant and immature cells into the blood. With relatively few healthy white blood cells, the patient's immune system eventually collapses and death follows. Modern chemotherapy can keep this disease at bay, and sometimes cure it. Marrow transplants also work, but require careful typing to ensure a compatible donation. Incompatible transplants carry serious consequences, including the painful disorder Graft vs. Host Disease.



Warning: Marcus Welby, M.D. season 1 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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