TV doctors through the years
Like “Dr. Kildare,” “Ben Casey” featured a young physician mentored by an older physician. The show aired from 1961 to 1966 and starred Vincent Edwards as the idealistic surgeon Dr. Casey. Sam Jaffe played his mentor, Dr. David Zorba. Like “Dr. Kildare” and other early medical dramas, it presented an idolized view of physicians as handsome and august, says Jason Marker, MD, a family physician in private practice in Wyatt, Ind.
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