Dr. Kildare came to television after having been an extremely successful series of movies in the 1940s. (The character had originally been created by Max Brand in a series of pulp novels). It told the story of a young intern in a large metropolitan hospital trying to learn his profession, deal with problems of the patients and win the respect of the senior doctor in his specialty, internal medicine. James Kildare was the young intern, Dr. Leonard Gillespie was his stern but inspiring superior and father figure and Blair General the hospital where they worked. During the course of its five-year run, Dr. Kildare went through an evolutionary process. By the third season, Kildare was promoted to resident. Certain regular supporting characters were not seen in the subsequent seasons as the program concentrated more on the patients and their families. In the final 1965-66 season, the format changed. The show, now in colour, was aired twice a week as a half-hour program, rather than once a week for an hour.
This was the only episode of Dr. Kildare to be adapted from one of the original Dr. Kildare stories published in magazines in the 1930s. The creator of Dr. Kildare and other characters depicted in the series, Max Brand, died in 1944.
As was usual during this pre-fame stage in her career, Ellen Burstyn was billed as "Ellen Macrae".
Veteran TV director Ralph Senensky made his directing debut with this episode, having already served on the series as an assistant to the producer.
The title of this episode derives from a speech inShakespeare's King Lear.
This appears to be Janet Blumgarten's only writing credit in television.
Marshall Goldberg, who devised the story for this episode, was a qualified doctor in real life, and also wrote novels. He is actually credited as "Marshall Goldberg, M.D." on this episode.
As was usual in the early 60s, the Czech actor Jiri Voskovec was billed as "George Voskovec".
The show's resident cameraman, Harkness Smith, was taken ill during the filming of this episode and was briefly replaced by Ted Voigtlander - who, ironically, was best known at the time as the cameraman of Dr. Kildare's big rival amongst American TV medical dramas of the period, Ben Casey.