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Marcus Welby, M.D.: The Soft Phrase of Peace

Billy Kincaid is a young black man participating in on-campus activism when police are called to the scene to remove the demonstrators. Billy Kincaid ends up beaten badly. The officer who hit him claims Billy attacked him; Billy does not remember the incident. Billy's father Sam, a prominent social activist himself, is determined to have the truth. Welby believes there's a medical explanation, but Sam's advisors accuse him of helping the "white establishment" engineer a cover-up designed to exonerate a bad policeman.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 30803
Airdate: Tuesday January 06th, 1970

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Guest Stars
Richard Van Vleet
As Jim Morran
Barney Phillips
As Captain Cochran
Kenneth Washington
As Billy Kincaid
Mel Stewart
As Sam Kincaid
Robert Brubaker
As Dr. Vernon
Robert Guillaume
As Carothers
Stacy Harris
As Dr. Lewis Stanford
Vince Howard
As Dr. Kenneth Blair
Main Cast
Robert Young
As Dr. Marcus Welby
James Brolin
As Dr. Steven Kiley
Episode Notes
Temporal lobe epilepsy is a disorder whose precise cause is often unknown. In it, a kind of "storm" of electrical activity develops in the temporal lobe and spreads throughout the brain, where it can cause any of a wide variety of symptoms ranging from an "absent seizure" to altered behavior. Drugs and occasionally surgery can control and sometimes even cure the disease. Billy's particular case was consequential to a meningioma. Meningiomas are usually benign tumors that arise in the meninges, or membranes, and surround and protect the brain (dura mater, pia mater, and arachnoid mater). Such tumors cause problems by pressing on delicate structures in the brain as they grow; almost nothing in the brain responds well to pressure. Because they have well defined margins, surgeons can usually completely resect this class of tumor; the difficult cases arise when the location of the tumor makes it difficult to completely expose and visualize it. Meningiomas often recur, sometimes elsewhere, and therefore such patients are often followed by a neurologist for a period of time, and advised what symptoms require immediate attention.

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