Doctor Saves Guy's Life Thanks to ... House Episode
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Posted Feb 7, 2014 10:33 AM CST
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(Newser) – A doctor in Germany says Fox medical drama House helped him find the right diagnosis for a heart failure patient whose symptoms had baffled others for months. The 55-year-old patient reportedly went from doctor to doctor for a year, but none of them could figure out why he was going deaf, blind, and suffering from extreme heart failure. But Dr. Juergen Schaefer, who is reportedly a huge fan of the show and uses it to teach medical students about diagnosing strange diseases, quickly realized the man's symptoms were almost identical to those suffered by one of the fictional patients featured on House. It turned out the real-life patient had the same problem—and was cured.

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Feb 8, 2014 9:05 PM CST
Fox will be sending them a bill for consulting fees. I can see the lawyers lining up for splits. The actors wanting residuals from the patient. Hospitals putting cable in all the Doctors lounges. Re-runs of Star-Trek numbered and labeled for distribution.
Charles P
Feb 8, 2014 2:30 PM CST
MANY of the story lines were (loosely) based on REAL CASES! As a kid, I would PI##-OFF doctors by solving cases they had DIAGNOSED WRONG!! (I was MUCH SMARTER BACK THEN, as it before all these years of abuse by various crime organizations.) Several of these were used in the plots for the show.
Feb 8, 2014 1:57 PM CST
"none of them could figure out why he was going deaf, blind, and suffering from extreme heart failure". And yet, there was a cause; AND it was curable. Who helped a TV staff figure it out! The TV staff had no ethical obligation to adhere to good and accepted medical practice! Some doctors do not want to wander off the beaten path: they do not want to be detectives or scholars. Medical school is over: pay the receptionist on your way out and tell your congressman to limit the fees of malpractice attorneys who would otherwise sue for people like this. When a doctor has 10 judgments against him he is still not surcharged as you are on your auto policy: all doctors in his specialty get higher premiums. Bring me once citation of a malpractice carrier failing: "The average profit margin for the top ten medical malpractice insurers was twice as high as the average profit margin of the 50 most profitable Fortune 500 companies. Only one Fortune 500 company had a profit margin that matched the average for the top 10 medical malpractice insurers"