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Book Review: House, M.D. vs. Reality

By Sandy Amazeen Mar 7, 2011, 6:47 GMT

Book Review: House, M.D. vs. Reality

Solve the puzzles of TV\'s smartest doctor. Brilliant diagnostician Gregory House solves puzzles every day-using not just his vast medical knowledge but his razor-sharp instincts about human behavior. This new volume explores some of the questions raised by the hit TV drama-and does the detective work to get the answers. For any fascinated fan, it\'s a compelling journey into the real-world medicine behind the captivating cases of ...more

Whether you canít get enough of the hit television series House or are interested in how the show compares to real doctors and staff, Holtzís new book fills the bill. Using examples from a number of episodes, the author looks at the real world cases that provided inspiration along with an analysis of how doctors, hospital and procedures differ from the fictional accounts. Particular attention is paid to personal issues including drug abuse by medical staff and the culture that enables the abusers to get away with their behavior despite measures taken by administration to address the problem. Holtz presents an interesting examination of the showís impressive impact on its audience both from the perspective of real doctors and nurses as well as from the layperson.

One of the more thoughtful lines in the book pertains to the illusion that the doctor always knows best when in fact, while they may know medicine best that doesnít necessarily mean they know what is best for the patient. This well presented, thoughtful look at the differences between a fictional drama and the real deal is both entertaining and educational. Readers need not be House fans to appreciate the authorís insights while gaining a certain amount of understanding into all the work that goes on behind the cameras.


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