The Medical Science of House, M.D.

The Medical Science of House, M.D.

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by Andrew Holtz
     
 

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  • How can a teenager adopted at birth nearly die because his real mother didn’t get a measles shot?
  • How can a husband’s faith in his wife’s fidelity determine whether radical treatment will cure her or kill her?

  • How can a missed eye doctor appointment reveal a genetic disease?

  • How can doctors choose the right

Overview

  • How can a teenager adopted at birth nearly die because his real mother didn’t get a measles shot?
  • How can a husband’s faith in his wife’s fidelity determine whether radical treatment will cure her or kill her?

  • How can a missed eye doctor appointment reveal a genetic disease?

  • How can doctors choose the right course for a pregnant woman when one may kill her and the other would abort her fetus?

Answers to these questions and more are pursued every week on House, M.D. Premiering in November 2004, the darkly quirky medical drama introduced a compelling new character to prime-time television: the sarcastic, abrasive—and brilliant—Dr. Gregory House.

Week after week, House has held viewers’ attention with brilliant cast performances and intriguing diagnostic mysteries often solved with daring treatments. But how much of the medical detail is real and how much is fabricated? In The Medical Science of House, M.D., Andrew Holtz, a well-known medical journalist, reveals how medical detectives work—how they follow symptoms to their source. He examines each case in detail—and provides answers for every viewer who has ever wondered about the authenticity of their favorite show.

Editorial Reviews

Dr. Gregory House never has an easy day. In every episode of Fox TV's House, M.D., the testy diagnostic genius of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital confronts disturbing combinations of rare diseases, fast-spreading pandemics, and lying patients. With his Sherlockian deductive skills, House resolves the latest baffling case shortly before the final commercial; but in real life, is it that easy? The Medical Science of House, M.D. sets out to explain the on-the-spot decision making that medical personnel must do to keep us alive so that we can watch our favorite shows.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425212301
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
693,446
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Andrew Holtz, MPH, is a health journalist. A former CNN medical correspondent—and co-anchor for the Your Health program—he now works as a freelancer covering health and medicine. Holtz earned a Master of Public Health degree in the Oregon MPH program. He received his BA from Stanford University where he majored in broadcast communication and minored in physics. He is a board member and past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. House is an odious physician who happens to save lives by being an addicted maverick. The show is unpredictable and fun to watch. It tries to explain a brilliant doc who abuses patients, makes his staff cringe, and otherwise colors outside the lines. This book is an attempt to compare the show with reality. It does a great job! In fact, it would be on my required reading list for all those currently enrolled in a health care educational program. It tells like it is! I especially appreciated the small section giving homage to the unsung heroes of health care--nurses and other allied health workers who do their best to heal and get little to no credit. The author is very thorough in his discussion of various topics that are presented in the show and many people may not understand how it all really 'works.' The language used is not stilted and yet does not insult the reader's intelligence.
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