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Anyone watch House ?

  1. Dec 25, 2008 #1
    Anyone watch "House"?

    I have a question. First let me say that I know it is TV. But, my question is this: In an episode that I watched today, the three main doctors besides House (I don't know their names...black guy, white guy white chick works) performed a surgery on a patient. Don't they usually have a surgeon do that?! Or is it just possible that they are such super awesome doctors that they do that too?

    Silly I know, but it kind of got to me as I am a huge fan of the show.

    Casey
     
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  3. Dec 25, 2008 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    Those three are his proteges, aren't they? I thought House was supposed to be a surgeon.

    My wife, Tsu, and my mother, both love the show - Tsu enjoys watching medical shows and pointing out the errors. Her favorite objection is that they often view the x-rays backwards. :biggrin:

    I'll ask her about it.
     
  4. Dec 25, 2008 #3
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    Neato! How can you tell if they are viewing the x-rays backward?
     
  5. Dec 25, 2008 #4

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    In the real world, at most hospitals, they are supposed to superimpose a L or R on the x-ray so there can be no mistake, but she can usually tell because the organs are backwards.
     
  6. Dec 25, 2008 #5

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    Tsu just called back saying that these are the most amazing doctors in the world! Not only can they do any type of surgery, but they can do their own CTs, MRIs, x-rays, angiograms, colonoscopies, and even their own ureteral stent placements.

    Also, Tsu says that she especiallly likes it when they read the x-rays upside down. However, the state-of-the-art digital systems don't allow this error to occur anymore.

    On a related noted, I knew a doctor in Lakewood, California, who read an x-ray backwards, and removed the wrong kidney!
     
  7. Dec 25, 2008 #6
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    Chase is a surgeon and intensivist. Foreman is a prestigious doctor, so he is just that awesome.
     
  8. Dec 25, 2008 #7
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    From what I understand the whole premise of the show (House having his own department) is the part that is unrealistic. But based on that premise everything else about how they do things seems to follow logically. It has been an issue, particularly in the earlier episodes, that House demands things be done NOW and in many cases also demanding things be done that other doctors would not do. So its become common practice on the show for him to send his assistents to run tests, take x-rays, do MRIs, ect when normally they would place requests for these things and wait for them to run through the queue.

    If I remember correctly there have been episodes where other surgeons have worked on his patients and episodes where the surgeon refused to do the surgery, or were unavailable for surgery, so he himself or an assistent preformed the surgery instead.

    edit: there is often also the issue of doing a end run around Cuddy to get things done because she may not approve if made aware of his activities.
     
  9. Dec 25, 2008 #8

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    Of course the problem is that doctors are not qualified to do these tests or procedures.
     
  10. Dec 25, 2008 #9
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    I used to work construction at the University of Iowa Hospital, and on my smoke breaks I'd sit with the people who worked there (nurses usually, occasionally I'd talk to a doctor or two... they didn't come around often) and listen to them pick apart various medical shows and laugh about it. Nothing specific comes to mind because to tell the truth I didn't understand it when they were telling me... but what it amounts to is that most of it is complete garbage.

    I accepted that a long time ago, though... and House is awesome.
     
  11. Dec 25, 2008 #10
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    House diagnosed the cause of death of a homeless woman by tasting her vomit. There is no doctor in the world who is going to taste a dead homeless woman's vomit. Turned out the woman had died of rabies, but for some reason House didn't have to get rabies shots. I keep expecting him to drop dead from it any day.
     
  12. Dec 25, 2008 #11
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    He also eats vicodin like tic-tacs.
     
  13. Dec 25, 2008 #12
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    probably the most "real" aspect of the show.
     
  14. Dec 25, 2008 #13

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    In the autobiography of a doctor turned comic (Greame Garden/Graham Chapman?)
    He tells he once pointed out to an eminent doctor that he had the x-ray the wrong way round.
    The old guy responded "Young man - with a case as complex as this you have to look at all the problem from all angles"
     
  15. Dec 25, 2008 #14

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    I love the show; W hates it. While I don't take the plots or details seriously for a second, the lines that he delivers are priceless.
     
  16. Dec 25, 2008 #15
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    Absolutley; he's such a d_ck.
     
  17. Dec 25, 2008 #16

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    To connect this to physics: the writer for some of the episodes is Matt Witten. You might be familiar with the work of his brother, Ed.
     
  18. Dec 25, 2008 #17

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    Chuck Norris does that pretty often, and he's not even a doc.

    BTW, does it bother anyone else that they use the paddles on flatline patients? Seriously.... Chuck would never do that.
     
  19. Dec 25, 2008 #18

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    NO WAY!

    Pull the other one!
     
  20. Dec 25, 2008 #19

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    Way.
     
  21. Dec 26, 2008 #20
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    Yeah, I'm a regular viewer of House. I don't know enough about medicine to know how realistic the show is. But is it just me, or do all the differential diagnosis scenes remind you guys of solving a physics problem? Aside from the medical terminology, it reminds me of my friends and me when we were in first year quantum.
     
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