Episode 122, scene 4:

     Research Hearing for Dr. Rossi

RM:  Michael.  It's only our board of directors.  You look like you are 
     about to face a firing squad.
MR:  Any chances of them turning us down?
RM:  There's always a chance, of course.  And if they do, then what will 
     you do?   
MR:  Well, we're late aren't we?

     Dr. Morton and Dr. Rossi enter the hospital hearing room.  
     The Board of Directors is already present. 

MR:  I'm sorry we're late gentlemen.  It's an occupational hazzard.
DH:  Have a seat Dr. Rossi.  Dr. Morton.
MR:  Thank you.
     [Rossi sits.]
DH:  How's Mrs. Wilkerson?  [see episode xxx].
MR:  Coming along fine.
DH:  Well, gentlemen, shall we begin?

DH:  Doctor, we've all read your proposal.  I find it very interesting. 
     Basically you need Kenneth Markham's ten thousand dollars to 
     initiate your research project.  And about ten thousand more from 
     our reserves. 
MR:  That's right.
DH:  As a start?
MR:  As a start, yes.
MT:  Frankly doctor, there are any number of things we need more than a 
     research laboratory.
DH:  Michael you'll have to understand Mr. Thackery's viewpoint.
     You know how long we've waited to enlarge our surgical facilities.  
     You've talked about the limitations of the wards yourself.
MR:  Yes, it's true.  We could use more space.  So could every hospital.
MT:  But you would use the money in a way that would be of no immediate 
     benefit to the citizens of Peyton Place. 
MR:  Well, that's one way to put it, Mr. Thackery.
DH:  Don't you think, this is really more the province of a large 
     university or municipal hospital? 
MR:  Treatment and prevention are the cornerstones of the medical 
     profession, gentlemen.  I'm asking you to consider that there's room 
     here for both at Peyton Place.
DH:  Let's look at the purely medical values for a minute, doctor.  
     You want a lab in hematology?  Aren't there already a lot of doctors 
     doing research in blood disease? 
MR:  Yes, hundreds all over the world.
DH:  Then, why should we get into it?
MR:  Because we can.  Our contribution may indeed be small.  It may 
     only eliminate some of the wrong answers.  However, when the right 
     answers are found, we will have had a part in it.
DH:  You make quite a case for it doctor.  I didn't know it meant so much 
     to you.
RM:  You all know that Dr. Rossi worked extensively in hematology with 
     Dr. Zeitner in New York, before he came to Peyton Place.
DH:  But he came.  Presumably to practice general medicine in a small 
     town.  Then a famous medical figure paid us a visit.  A man well 
     publicized for his professional dedication.  And . . .
MR:  You're right, Dr. Hoyt.  Vincent Markham had an effect on me.  He 
     made me take the blinders off.  Blinders I have been wearing for 
     some time.  He made me ask myself if I was doing all I can.  If I'm 
     giving everything I have to offer.  Well, I don't think I am, 
     gentlemen.  I think there is more. 
B3:  Dr. Rossi, this isn't a courtroom and we certainly didn't mean to 
     make you feel as though you were on trial. 
DH:  Well, perhaps it wasn't very tactful of me.  But . . .
MR:  Gentlemen, maybe we're being too tactful.  I mean, let's stop 
     fencing.  I am on trial here.  You're accusing me of using Doctors 
     Hospital as a stepping stone to some kind of immortality.  
RM:  Michael.
MR:  If I may finish please?  Gentlemen, I am not in the business of 
     immortality.  I am simply concerned with human life.  And I believe 
     we all are. 
RM:  Michael, if I may?  When Dr. Rossi came to Peyton Place, I was the 
     first to brand him as a hot headed young egotist.  He couldn't have 
     left town soon enough to suit me.  But I'm glad he stayed.
DH:  Bob, we're all in agreement as to Dr. Rossi's contribution.  We 
     wouldn't be holding this meeting otherwise.
RM:  Are we?  Or are we glossing over the fact that if Dr. Rossi had 
     elected to, he could have made his request a mandate.  Kenneth 
     Markham turned over the money to him personally.  To use as he saw 
     fit. 

RM:  Now let me pose a question, gentlemen.   How can we expect men of Dr. 
     Rossi's caliber to come to Peyton Place?  And more important, to 
     remain here if we do not honor the vision of their generation.  We 
     can build new surgical wards until doomsday.  But what good are they 
     if we cannot attract vigorous, gifted, young men with skill and 
     dedication to make these facilities something more than gleaming 
     white machines? 

RM:  Gentlemen, as chief-of-staff of this hospital, I recommend that this 
     board give Dr. Rossi his funds. 

MR:  Well, if you will excuse me gentlemen, I'm due in surgery in half an 
     hour.
DH:  Dr. Rossi.  One more question.  If we don't grant you your research 
     laboratory would you leave Doctors Hospital? 
MR:  Well, I don't know.  I'm going to have to give that a great deal of 
     thought.  Excuse me. 

     Rossi gets up and leaves as the scene ends.

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