Dr. House Strikes Again, This Time in Real Life!

He’s a cynic. He’s a jerk. He’s annoying. He’s nihilistic. He’s exasperating. He’s a bloody narcissist.  He’s probably the biggest jackass on this planet. But indubitably he’s the BEST!

And the things he says are always spot on!

“Everybody lies.”

I bet everyone is familiar with the infuriatingly skeptical protagonist of the show House M.D, Dr. Gregory House. 

Doctors are supposed to have one character, and that is empathy! And house definitely has that.

OR this unerring and accurate dialog of his! (This one is my personal favorite.)


You can either absolutely love him, or you desperately want to be him! There is no hating him. Cause like he says,

“There is not a thin line between love and hate. There is – in fact – a Great Wall of China with armed sentries posted every 20 feet between love and hate.”

He’s the undefeated ruler of the medical fraternity!

Sometimes, no most of the times we learn more from practical knowledge than textbooks. And on a few rare occasions TV Shows come to our rescue. I’m so not kidding.

A 55-year-old male, in May 2012,  was admitted to the clinic at The University of Marburg, Germany and presented with baffling symptoms that ranged from blinding vision to esophageal inflammation to low thyroid hormone levels. He was also on the verge of heart failure. Previously he had visited a series of doctors who were completely stumped by this and couldn’t diagnose him.

Another similar case is that of a 59-year-old woman admitted to the University of Colorado, Denver, USA. She had identical symptoms that were identified when she was about to have a heart transplant.

Both the cases had previously had hip replacement surgery. 

Kahani mein twist! 

The American team failed to diagnose the mind-boggling medical mystery. And they had to succumb to surgery.

But the Germans very shrewdly diagnosed the patient to be suffering from Cobalt Poisoning. The metal used in the hip replacement surgery had corroded over the years resulting in cobalt toxicity! 

Not that the Germans are smarter or more erudite. It’s just that they had watched a House M.D episode called “Family Practice” that aired on 7th February 2011 and were quick enough to relate the case to the similar case on the show where the patient was presented with similar symptoms(including a previously done hip replacement surgery). And the ingenious Dr.House had, after multiple failed attempts, successfully diagnosed it as cobalt poisoning. This topsy-turvy case got a special mention in the Lancet medical journal.

So it seems like he wins again, as usual, not just in the reel life but also in real life. What a boost this must be to his humongous ego! *wink-wink*

“Reality is almost always wrong” – Dr. House


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Anandita Pattnaik