magnificent Obsession Author:Lloyd C Douglas Plot summaryRobert 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, on the other side of the lake who was having a heart attack at the same time. Merrick then decides to devote his life to making up for the doctor's, and so he d... more »ecides to become a physician (specifically a brain surgeon).
 In the bookThe book's plot portrays Mrs. Hudson, the widow, moving to Europe after Joyce, the doctor's daughter, gets married. Merrick progresses in his career, and in the story's climax, gets involved in a railway accident in which Mrs. Hudson suffers a brain injury. Merrick is instrumental in her recovery.
 In the movieThe movie differs from the book in that before deciding to become a surgeon, Merrick not only alienates the doctor's widow, with whom he has fallen in love, but also causes another tragedy. This makes him totally re-evaluate his life, and at that point, he decides to become a doctor.« less