DR. WAYNE HUDSON
AS SEEN IN:
'Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal'
Lloyd C. Douglas
'Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal' is an American medical drama which aired in syndication from 1955 to 1957. It was based on the book of the same name by Lloyd C. Douglas, that was a prequel to his "Magnificent Obsession". A total of 78 episodes were produced.
The plot of "Magnificent Obsession":
Robert Merrick is resuscitated by a rescue crew after a boating accident. The crew is unable to save the life of Dr. Hudson, a doctor renowned for his ability to help people, who was having a heart attack at the same time on the other side of the lake. Merrick then decides to devote his life to making up for the doctor's, and becomes a physician himself.
Douglas later wrote a book in response to the flood of letters he received from readers who wanted to know where they could find the book to which he referred in the novel, "Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal". The Robert Merrick character decoded the journal, from which he learned the secret of his extraordinary success as a doctor. (According to the book, the secret was the literal practice of doing good deeds secretly, and thereby reaping spiritual power to use in becoming an excellent doctor.)