A famed surgeon (Robert Reed) shocks family and colleagues by requesting a sex-change operation. First of two parts.
Conclusion of the two-parter, with Gannon having to make a decision that will bring about a colleague's desires to have a transsexual operation.
Losing his confidence, Dr. Gannon returns to the scenes of his childhood and probes deeply and painfully into his past. Dr. Gannon has a problem tonight. He seems to have an identity crisis. At any rate, there are flashbacks to his youth, as Dr. Gannon explores the past to see if he can find a clue to the problem that is befuddling his duties.
Dr. Joe Gannon is faced with the dilemma of blindly trusting Dr. Courtney, a colleague, or taking the word of Danny Taggert, a dying man, that a staff doctor was involved to a shameful incident. The delirious war veteran Taggert claims that Courtney, who served in his oufit, slaughtered women and children in a vietnamese village.
Pete Rashid, the son of a wealthy Arab ruler takes parental interest in a fatherless Jewish boy and a romantic interest in the boy's mother. The boy needs an expensive kidney operation, and his mother, Esther, struggles to support herself and the boy and pay for his medical care by running a kosher deli.
An old romance is rekindled for Dr. Lochner when a celebrated opera star checks in at the hospital.
A young girl's life hangs in the balance when a doctor must make a decision between her well-being and that of his son.
Ralph Bellamy guest stars in one of those emotional, penetrating stories about a once-great surgeon who refuses to accept the fact that old age has seriously diluted his effectiveness at the operating table. Dr. Gannon faces the disturbing realization that he must virtually send the doctor into retirement involuntarily in order to keep him from performing critical surgery on his own granddaughter.
Three doctors try to operate a community hospital in a tough ghetto district.