Comments on: house is thisclose to not being my hero anymore http://www.mylifemypace.com/2006/11/13/house-is-thisclose-to-not-being-my-hero-anymore/ an MD/PhD student's take on school, lab, LIFE Wed, 22 Nov 2006 22:36:27 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0.4 by: CalliArcale http://www.mylifemypace.com/2006/11/13/house-is-thisclose-to-not-being-my-hero-anymore/#comment-188 Tue, 14 Nov 2006 22:48:45 +0000 http://www.mylifemypace.com/2006/11/13/house-is-thisclose-to-not-being-my-hero-anymore/#comment-188 I know House really annoys my dad (a general practitioner and sometime ER surgeon). He watched almost one episode. :-P That's actually saying a lot, since he's a fan of Hugh Laurie. But if one knows Laurie from British television (Blackadder, Jeeves & Wooster, etc), this show will be a surprise. It was for me, especially with that hoarse, American accent he's affecting. (This is certainly not the affable twit Bertie Wooster.) Anyway. The thermometer gag sounds very troubling to me too. That goes beyond. That's not just humiliation of the patient (which itself is pretty bothersome, though in character for House) and into the realm of physical harm. Not good with no consequences. It's nice to hear them dealing with a Vicodin addiction on the series, though. That's certainly an interesting topic to address. It reminds me a lot of a storyline that ran on Babylon 5 for a while. The chief medical officer, Dr Stephen Franklin, developed a stimulant addiction out of a well-intentioned desire to be more available to his patients. The audience was able to watch the addiction progressively get worse over two seasons, watch him go through the classic stages of addiction (including increasingly desperate attempts to cover his tracks), until he finally hit rock bottom and was relieved of his duties until such time as he could sort out his problems and get rid of the addiction. Actually, I think despite being set in the future with made-up diseases and made-up therapies, Babylon 5 has one of the more realistic TV depictions of medicine, in that they deal with ethical quandries lacking a good answer and show real consequences for people's actions. I know House really annoys my dad (a general practitioner and sometime ER surgeon). He watched almost one episode. :-P That’s actually saying a lot, since he’s a fan of Hugh Laurie. But if one knows Laurie from British television (Blackadder, Jeeves & Wooster, etc), this show will be a surprise. It was for me, especially with that hoarse, American accent he’s affecting. (This is certainly not the affable twit Bertie Wooster.)

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The thermometer gag sounds very troubling to me too. That goes beyond. That’s not just humiliation of the patient (which itself is pretty bothersome, though in character for House) and into the realm of physical harm. Not good with no consequences. It’s nice to hear them dealing with a Vicodin addiction on the series, though. That’s certainly an interesting topic to address.

It reminds me a lot of a storyline that ran on Babylon 5 for a while. The chief medical officer, Dr Stephen Franklin, developed a stimulant addiction out of a well-intentioned desire to be more available to his patients. The audience was able to watch the addiction progressively get worse over two seasons, watch him go through the classic stages of addiction (including increasingly desperate attempts to cover his tracks), until he finally hit rock bottom and was relieved of his duties until such time as he could sort out his problems and get rid of the addiction.

Actually, I think despite being set in the future with made-up diseases and made-up therapies, Babylon 5 has one of the more realistic TV depictions of medicine, in that they deal with ethical quandries lacking a good answer and show real consequences for people’s actions.

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by: so why do you want to be a doctor? (revisited) at My Life, My Pace http://www.mylifemypace.com/2006/11/13/house-is-thisclose-to-not-being-my-hero-anymore/#comment-187 Tue, 14 Nov 2006 07:24:42 +0000 http://www.mylifemypace.com/2006/11/13/house-is-thisclose-to-not-being-my-hero-anymore/#comment-187 [...] Oh, and since all the blame can’t be placed on Grey’s Anatomy, I cover the same sort of issue with the current House versus Cop storyline in this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. [...] […] Oh, and since all the blame can’t be placed on Grey’s Anatomy, I cover the same sort of issue with the current House versus Cop storyline in this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

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