Urged by her father, Eleanor applies for a clinical assistant position at St. Jude's Hospital. Dr. O'Neill opposes her hiring until she demonstrates her knowledge and willingness to learn. Eleanor cares for Lucy, a 12-year-old pregnant prostitute who wants an abortion. Dr. O'Neill offers Eleanor a job as his registrar. But when Dr. O'Neill sends away an injured and bleeding Lucy, Eleanor is torn between the desire to work with a dedicated scientist and her need to care for the poor.