Visiting the state mental hospital, Kildare recognizes one of the patients as a leading bone specialist.
The gala atmosphere of an amusement park is disturbed by the stumbling, distracted behaviour of an elderly man suffering from malnutrition - who transpires to be Lt. Gen. John Sparrow of the U.S. Army, a war hero.
Dr. Paul Probeck, a recovering alcoholic, starts a rehabilitation program at Blair Hospital.
A nun is admitted to Blair with gallstones and needs an operation. She involves herself in the lives and problems of other patients and tries to help them. Kildare is at first irritated by what he sees as her interference, but comes to realise that she's helpful to him.
Irish poet Johnny McHenry has become an alcoholic, and it looks as if his girlfriend Sally is headed the same way. The prognosis is not good for the has-been poet, but can Sally be saved from a similar fate?
The head nurse, Beatrice Fain, is unexpectedly confronted by the shiftless husband who deserted her 17 years earlier. At the same time, Kildare tries to protect a naive young nurse from the manipulations of an opportunistic doctor.
Dr. Stewart's fundraising efforts are hampered by a reporter out to denigrate him. But is the reporter just out to make himself famous, or could he be right about the doctor?
After his daughter has attempted suicide, Dr. Gillespie and a psychiatrist try to determine the reason for her hysterical reaction to the news that she is pregnant.
Johnny Temple is a mentally-disturbed teenager, fixated on knives. He is stabbed in a rumble and admitted to Blair. He plays nasty mind games with everyone and is mean and threatening to other patients. His father is a big, caustic obnoxious man who refuses when Kildare and Gillespie want to have Johnny committed to a psychiatric hospital.moreless
Fred Carroll, a widower, becomes extremely protective of his son after a hit and run accident - which creates problems for Kildare.
Dr. Kildare trips over a cart at work and hurts his back. He gets hospitalized in Blair in a ward with several different characters. He slowly becomes friends with them all and is able to give advice on their problems.
Kildare is given a weekend off to go home to his parents. On the way there, he is required to treat a young woman who has taken a drug overdose at a small motel. Later, he is alarmed to discover that his old boyhood friend Harry is newly engaged to the same girl.moreless
Is it time for the brilliant but now-elderly Dr. Dubro to retire? Dr. Gillespie must decide on how frank he should be with his old friend.
Kildare acts to prevent a smallpox epidemic after an elderly Polish immigrant is found to be suffering from the disease.