A Young Doctor's Notebook
2012, 2 seasons to date
Comedy / Drama
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In spite of his success in the operating room, life in the snow-bound hospital begins to take its toll on the young doctor. His efforts to combat his feelings of boredom and isolation are defeated and he wonders how much longer he can last. Nursing abdominal pains and two harrowing cases, the young doctor is tempted by the allure of morphine...
Balancing a heavy workload with a developing morphine habit, the young doctor finds it increasingly difficult to conceal his burgeoning addiction from his colleagues. After one humiliation too many, he resolves to make a clean start and a dedicated effort to combat the syphilis epidemic. But a blizzard-bound journey to visit a dying patient proves to be his toughest test yet.
The Older Doctor decides that he is going to write an opera as a cathartic experience. Meanwhile back at the hospital Pelageya is stricken with typhus but the Young Doctor neglects her to pursue Natasha in vain. A badly wounded soldier is admitted and Natasha is anxious to know if he has any news of her lover Gregory but the Young Doctor lies to her, claiming that Gregory is dead. He is hopeful that now she may feel something towards him but it is a vain hope. Pelageya dies and the Older Doctor feels ashamed of his younger self for using her so badly.
The Young Doctor reads a rather bland and callous eulogy over Pelegaya's body, before reciting a poem which he hopes will impress Natasha. He also admits to her that he lied about her lover being dead but she and the rest of the White Guard are forced to flee when the Bolsheviks return to the hospital and they escape on a medical supplies train. However the train is derailed following an explosion and the carriage in which Natasha is travelling catches fire. The Young Doctor goes to save her but is distracted when he discovers several bottles of morphine which have ...