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Emergency!: Botulism

Paramedics and fireman rescue a man dangling from a broken bosun's chair, a hundred feet off the ground. Johnny and Roy return to the Gilmore home, where Martha may be having a heart attack - or may be faking again. Dr. Early gets part of his stethoscope stuck in his ear, and a strange case from a film studio has Dr. Brackett suspecting a very rare but very serious problem - a outbreak of botulism poisoning. Station 51 rescues a young orphan from a collapsing building, and Johnny plans revenge for practical jokes played on him.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 34409
Airdate: Saturday January 29th, 1972

Guest Stars
Anne WhitfieldAnne Whitfield
As Pam Parker
Cal BartlettCal Bartlett
As Jim Parker (as Calvin Bartlett)
Paul LangtonPaul Langton
As Myron Gilmore
Virginia VincentVirginia Vincent
As Martha Gilmore

Co-Guest Stars
Tim DonnellyTim Donnelly
As Chet Kelly
Marco LópezMarco López
As Fireman Lopez
Mike StokerMike Stoker
As Fireman Stoker
Dick HammerDick Hammer
As Captain Hammer
Virginia GreggVirginia Gregg
As Wilma Jacobs
Josh AlbeeJosh Albee
As Tommy (as Joshua Albee)
William StevensWilliam Stevens
As Workman
Susan Seaforth HayesSusan Seaforth Hayes
As Nancy Dickson (as Susan Seaforth)
Bruce PowersBruce Powers
As Paul Steele
Episode Notes
Botulism is a very rare medical emergency. It is not an infection, but an intoxication (that is, the result of introduction of a toxic substance). Anaerobic spores of Clostridium botulinum produce this poison, but it is not necessary to be infected with these spores to become ill (although that sometimes happens). Food borne botulism (the type encountered in this episode) usually comes from use of inadequately cooked food. The toxin is quite deadly, about a million times more so than strychnine, but modern supportive care as over the years since this episode aired vastly reduced the number of lethal cases. After effects can linger for months or in some cases years, most commonly shortness of breath.

Episode Goofs
Dr. Brackett makes a mistake by requesting DW5 instead of D5W.

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