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Magnificent Obsession

Magnificent Obsession is a novel by Lloyd C. Douglas which tells the story of Robert Merrick, who is resuscitated by a rescue crew after a boating accident. The crew is therefore unable to save the life of a doctor, who was renowned for his ability to help people. Merrick decides to devote his life to making up for the doctor's life, but in the process, he not only alienates the doctor's widow, with whom he has fallen in love, but also causes another tragedy. This causes him to totally reevaluate his life, and so he decides to become a physician.

The book has been made into three movies: