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House Unauthorized: Vasculitis, Clinic Duty, and Bad Bedside Manner (Smart Pop series) Kindle Edition
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There are several essays in the latter half of the book that I found particularly interesting. "How House Thinks" is a breakdown of the methodology employed by real-world doctors in diagnosing diseases, and how/why House's techniques are comparable to or illustrative of the typical highly-experienced medical professional. "House Calls" uses cognitive psychological research to discuss why House's theories and diagnoses are so often accurate. "But Can He Teach?" analyzes how House influences and teaches Cameron, Chase, and Foreman throughout the first three seasons of the show. "Does God Limp?" discusses how House's chronic pain affects his psychology and diagnostic skills.
This book is definitely intended for people who enjoy thinking critically. That said, it's not a difficult or boring read by any means.
'Bastard' shows us House as seen from the UK, where sarcastic, smug, intelligent anti-heroes may be thick on the ground, while compassionate thorough medical care as shown at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital assuredly is not. While most of the characters in House may refer to House as a 'bastard who's the best there is at his job', to paraphrase, Traviss provides a strong argument that when you get down to it, House really isn't a bastard at all.
'Limp' delves into the issue of chronic pain, which on the show is used as a counterpoint to the usual 'God Complex' that gifted TV doctors seem to invariably develop. Aside from his impatience with the meaningless social niceties that people expect, House also is in pain, all the time, and has to find ways to function - at a higher level than many of us would ever be capable of. Many of the behaviors that House's coworkers write off as lazy, immature, or quirky are, Gilmer explains, not uncommon methods of coping with chronic pain patients. While most of us are passingly familiar with varying degrees of pain, very few of us are at all familiar pain that can not be relieved, only temporarily dulled. For being allegedly brilliant doctors, very few of House's coworkers seem to have any recognition of the symptoms or treatment of chronic pain.
If you buy the book for those two essays alone, you will not be disappointed, but while those stuck out the most, many of the others offer good insight into the making of a character, of a TV drama series, and in the grounding of the people who bring it to life.