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Gregory House, MD

Curator: Larry H Bernstein, MD, FCAP

Gregory House M.D. (2004–2012)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412142/

This long-running medical drama follows the professional and personal life of Gregory House- a witty, arrogant, rule-breaking, self-destructive, pain-pill addicted but genius diagnostician at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. House and his team of doctors work against the clock to diagnose and treat patients when other doctors can’t seem to figure out what’s wrong with them, often resorting to unorthodox methods based on House’s hunches on the patients, their families, or his own personal experiences.

– Written by Hunter Logan

 

Creator:

David Shore

Stars:

Hugh LaurieOmar EppsRobert Sean Leonard |

Hugh Laurie  Dr. Gregory House (176 episodes, 2004-2012)
Omar Epps  Dr. Eric Foreman (174 episodes, 2004-2012)
Robert Sean Leonard  Dr. James Wilson (174 episodes, 2004-2012)
Jesse Spencer  Dr. Robert Chase (171 episodes, 2004-2012)
Lisa Edelstein  Dr. Lisa Cuddy (153 episodes, 2004-2011)

During Hugh Laurie’s audition, producer David Shore told how Bryan Singer, one of the executive producers, said, “See, this is what I want; an American guy.” Singer was completely unaware of the fact that Hugh Laurie is British.

Dr. Gregory House was based on Sherlock Holmes… but Holmes, in turn, was based on a Doctor that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle knew while studying medicine, Dr. Joseph Bell, whose specialty was diagnosis. The reference is pushed further when, In episode 11 of the fifth season, Wilson presents House with Joseph Bell’s Manual Of the Operations of Surgery as a Christmas gift. When House’s staff begin to wonder why he would throw away the expensive gift, an amused Wilson begins making up a story about House having a closeted infatuation with a patient named Irene Adler whom he will always consider to be “the one who got away”. Irene Adler is a romantic interest of Sherlock Holmes.

In several episodes, House is shown at home and his apartment number is 221B, a tribute to Sherlock Holmes famous London address, 221B Baker Street.

Hugh Laurie’s own father was a doctor, and he feels a twinge of guilt at “being paid more to become a fake version of my own father.”

After receiving his honorary doctorate in fine arts, TV satirist Stephen Colbert placed several pictures of other famous TV doctors who inspired him on the mantle-piece of his show’s set. One of these is of Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House. The others are Bill Cosby as Dr. Cliff Huxtable and Noah Drake from General Hospital.

One of the movie posters on Wilson’s office is Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958), where Orson Welles plays a detective with a gimp leg, who solves crimes purely on his intuition. Clearly one of the influences for the character of Dr. House.

Top-Rated Episodes

S4.E15

House’s Head

A bus that House was riding crashes. House claims there’s a victim on the bus that’s dying, but not from the bus accident. He stops at nothing to figure out who the patient is and what is ailing them.

S5.E24

Both Sides Now

House and his team treat a patient who had his brain split in half, now it seems like one side of his brain is causing some health/behavioral issues. House plays games with Cuddy over the night he …

S6.E1

Broken

House fights his doctors, the staff and his fellow patients when he’s forced to stay in the psychiatric hospital under threat of permanently losing his medical license.

Sherlock (2010– )

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1475582/

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Creators:

Mark GatissSteven Moffat

Stars:

Benedict CumberbatchMartin FreemanRupert Graves

Top-Rated Episodes

S2.E1

A Scandal in Belgravia

Sherlock must confiscate something of importance from a mysterious woman named Irene Adler.

S2.E3

The Reichenbach Fall

Jim Moriarty hatches a mad scheme to turn the whole city against Sherlock.

S3.E3

His Last Vow

Sherlock goes up against the notorious blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen.

The Secrets of Sherlock’s Mind Palace

The BBC/Masterpiece sleuth employs a memory technique invented by the ancient Greeks

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/secrets-sherlocks-mind-palace-180949567/#rRR6xgt1hfGeMOQT.99

Sherlock Holmes, in any incarnation, packs a lot of information into his head, and he has to be ready to draw out those details as he makes his deductions and solves the most mysterious of mysteries. The Holmes of Sherlock, the BBC/Masterpiece program that aired its season finale Sunday night on PBS, is no exception. This time, though, his creators have gifted him with a talent for a mnemonic device straight out of ancient Greece—the mind palace. Of course, this being Holmes (and television), his version was somewhat more advanced than that of the average rememberer.

According to myth, the Greek poet Simonides of Ceos invented the technique after attending a banquet gone wrong. Simonides stepped outside to meet with two young men. But when he arrived outside, the young men were not there and the hall was collapsing behind him. Though his fellow banqueters were too badly crushed by the collapse for their remains to be identified, Simonides was supposedly able to put a name with each body based on where they had been sitting in the hall. That ability to remember based on location became the method of loci, also known as memory theater, the art of memory, the memory palace and mind palace.

On May 22, 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1890 his novel, A Study in Scarlet, introduced the character of Detective Sherlock Holmes. Doyle would go on to write 60 stories about Sherlock Holmes.

http://www.biography.com/people/arthur-conan-doyle-9278600#synopsis

Sherlock Holmes – Seven Percent Solution (TV-14; 1:44) Legal at the time, herion and cocaine allow Holmes to relax and fuels him to complete his legendary caseload.

On May 22, 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle was born to an affluent, strict Irish-Catholic family in Edinburgh, Scotland. Although Doyle’s family was well-respected in the art world, his father, Charles, who was a life-long alcoholic, had few accomplishments to speak of. Doyle’s mother, Mary, was a lively and well-educated woman who loved to read. She particularly delighted in telling her young son outlandish stories. Her great enthusiasm and animation while spinning wild tales sparked the child’s imagination. As Doyle would later recall in his biography, “In my early childhood, as far as I can remember anything at all, the vivid stories she would tell me stand out so clearly that they obscure the real facts of my life.”At the age of 9, Doyle bid a tearful goodbye to his parents and was shipped off to England, where he would attend Hodder Place, Stonyhurst—a Jesuit preparatory school—from 1868 to 1870. Doyle then went on to study at Stonyhurst College for the next five years. For Doyle, the boarding-school experience was brutal: many of his classmates bullied him, and the school practiced ruthless corporal punishment against its students. Over time, Doyle found solace in his flair for storytelling, and developed an eager audience of younger students.
When Doyle graduated from Stonyhurst College in 1876, his parents expected that he would follow in his family’s footsteps and study art, so they were surprised when he decided to pursue a medical degree at the University of Edinburgh instead. At med school, Doyle met his mentor, Professor Dr. Joseph Bell, whose keen powers of observation would later inspire Doyle to create his famed fictional detective character, Sherlock Holmes. At the University of Edinburgh, Doyle also had the good fortune to meet classmates and future fellow authors James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson. While a medical student, Doyle took his own first stab at writing, with a short story called The Mystery of Sasassa Valley. That was followed by a second story,The American Tale, which was published in London Society.During Doyle’s third year of medical school, he took a ship surgeon’s post on a whaling ship sailing for the Arctic Circle. The voyage awakened Doyle’s sense of adventure, a feeling that he incorporated into a story, Captain of the Pole Star.
http://www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/public/best-books-by-physicians#14
10 medically-trained authors whose books all doctors should read
Sir William Osler, the great physician and bibliophile, recommended that his students should have a non-medical bedside library that could be dipped in and out of profitably to create the well rounded physician.

The History of Radiology

by Arpan K. Banerjee

http://blog.oup.com/2014/12/author-doctor-reading-list/#sthash.udqLFwHo.dpuf
Jerome GroopmanJerome Groopman, a staff writer since 1998, writes primarily about medicine and biology. He holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and is the chief of experimental medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His research has focussed on the basic mechanisms of cancer and AIDS. He has been a major participant in the development of many AIDS-related therapies, including protease inhibitors, and he is active in regional and national education activities in AIDS and cancer medicine, as well as in the training and education of young scientists in these fields. Recently, he has extended the research infrastructure in genetics and cell biology to studies in lymphoma, myelodysplasia, and leukemia. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has served on many scientific editorial boards and has published more than a hundred and eighty research articles; his editorials on policy issues have appeared in the Times, The New York Review of Books, and the Wall Street Journal. Among his books are “How Doctors Think” and “Your Medical Mind,” written with Dr. Pamela Hartzband.
Robert Brian “Robin” Cook
an American physician and novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health. He is best known for combining medical writing with the thriller genre. Wikipedia
Physician Authors and Editors

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At the heart of UpToDate is a global community consisting of thousands of physician authors and editors who share a singular passion: writing and editing evidence-based information that helps clinicians everywhere practice the best medicine. Although these physicians serve on the faculty of prestigious medical schools, practice medicine, and in some cases conduct groundbreaking research, they repeatedly carve time from their demanding schedules to contribute to UpToDate. Drawing on their extensive experience, our physician authors and editors begin with a structured clinical question, placing the latest evidence about the topic in context with the larger body of available evidence. Next, they synthesize that evidence into recommendations clinicians can use to diagnose and treat their patients, even when the evidence is thin or no consensus exists.

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Sherwin B. Nuland,

the surgeon and man of letters who unshrouded death in “How We Die,” a best-selling volume that received the National Book Award and became a classic of medical literature, died March 3 at his home in Hamden, Conn. He was 83.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), American author, poet, physician, and teacher wrote The Guardian Angel (1867).

A man of contrasts and contradictions, Holmes lived his life between the poetic and the realistic. A celebrated poet-doctor, he spent the greater part of his life as physician and professor at Harvard University teaching anatomy and physiology. He published many essays and journal articles on travel, epidemiology, psychology, and literature, and hundreds of short stories both humorous and critical. Along with his good friend James Russell Lowell, he was one of the founding editors of the journal Atlantic Monthly in 1857

W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.

His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in ‘Of Human Bondage’ , Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays.

During World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service . He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America. After World War II, Maugham made his home in south of France and continued to move between England and Nice till his death in 1965.

William Carlos Williams

On September 17, 1883, William Carlos Williams was born in Rutherford, New Jersey. He began writing poetry while a student at Horace Mann High School, at which time he made the decision to become both a writer and a doctor. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he met and befriended Ezra Pound.

Pound became a great influence on his writing, and in 1913 arranged for the London publication of Williams’s second collection, The Tempers. Returning to Rutherford, where he sustained his medical practice throughout his life, Williams began publishing in small magazines and embarked on a prolific career as a poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright.

Following Pound, he was one of the principal poets of the Imagist movement, though as time went on, he began to increasingly disagree with the values put forth in the work of Pound and especially Eliot, who he felt were too attached to European culture and traditions. Continuing to experiment with new techniques of meter and lineation, Williams sought to invent an entirely fresh—and singularly American—poetic, whose subject matter was centered on the everyday circumstances of life and the lives of common people.

ErnestoCheGuevara

an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitouscountercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.[5]

As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout South America and was radicalized by the poverty, hunger, and disease he witnessed.[6] His burgeoning desire to help overturn what he saw as the capitalist exploitation of Latin America by the United States prompted his involvement in Guatemala‘s social reforms under President Jacobo Árbenz, whose eventual CIA-assisted overthrow at the behest of the United Fruit Company solidified Guevara’s political ideology.[6] Later, in Mexico City, he met Raúl and Fidel Castro, joined their 26th of July Movement, and sailed to Cuba aboard the yacht, Granma, with the intention of overthrowing U.S.-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.[7] Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to second-in-command, and played a pivotal role in the victorious two-year guerrilla campaign that deposed the Batista regime.[8]

Following the Cuban Revolution, Guevara performed a number of key roles in the new government. These included reviewing the appeals and firing squads for those convicted as war criminals during the revolutionary tribunals,[9] instituting agrarian land reform as minister of industries, helping spearhead a successful nationwideliteracy campaign, serving as both national bank president and instructional director for Cuba’s armed forces, and traversing the globe as a diplomat on behalf of Cuban socialism. Such positions also allowed him to play a central role in training the militia forces who repelled the Bay of Pigs Invasion[10] and bringing the Soviet nuclear-armed ballistic missiles to Cuba which precipitated the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.[11] Additionally, he was a prolific writer and diarist, composing a seminal manual onguerrilla warfare, along with a best-selling memoir about his youthful continental motorcycle journey. His experiences and studying of Marxism–Leninism led him to posit that the Third World‘s underdevelopment and dependence was an intrinsic result of imperialism, neocolonialism, and monopoly capitalism, with the only remedy beingproletarian internationalism and world revolution.[12][13] Guevara left Cuba in 1965 to foment revolution abroad, first unsuccessfully in Congo-Kinshasa and later in Bolivia, where he was captured by CIA-assisted Bolivian forces and summarily executed.[14]

John Keats (1795–1821)

John Keats, who died at the age of twenty-five, had perhaps the most remarkable career of any English poet. He published only fifty-four poems, in three slim volumes and a few magazines. But at each point in his development he took on the challenges of a wide range of poetic forms from the sonnet, to the Spenserian romance, to the Miltonic epic, defining anew their possibilities with his own distinctive fusion of earnest energy, control of conflicting perspectives and forces, poetic self-consciousness, and, occasionally, dry ironic wit. In the case of the English ode he brought its form, in the five great odes of 1819, to its most perfect definition.

In his own lifetime John Keats would not have been associated with other major Romantic poets, and he himself was often uneasy among them. Outside his friendLeigh Hunt‘s circle of liberal intellectuals, the generally conservative reviewers of the day attacked his work, with malicious zeal, as mawkish and bad-mannered, as the work of an upstart “vulgar Cockney poetaster” (John Gibson Lockhart), and as consisting of “the most incongruous ideas in the most uncouth language” (John Wilson Croker). Although Keats had a liberal education in the boy’s academy at Enfield and trained at Guy’s Hospital to become a surgeon, he had no formal literary education. Yet Keats today is seen as one of the canniest readers, interpreters, questioners, of the “modern” poetic project-which he saw as beginning with William Wordsworth—to create poetry in a world devoid of mythic grandeur, poetry that sought its wonder in the desires and sufferings of the human heart. Beyond his precise sense of the difficulties presented him in his own literary-historical moment, he developed with unparalleled rapidity, in a relative handful of extraordinary poems, a rich, powerful, and exactly controlled poetic style that ranks Keats, with the William Shakespeare of the sonnets, as one of the greatest lyric poets in English.

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904),
Russian physician, renowned short story author and playwright wrote Uncle Vanya (1899);

We must live our lives. Yes, we shall live, Uncle Vanya. We shall live through the long procession of days before us, and through the long evenings; we shall patiently bear the trials that fate imposes on us; we shall work for others without rest, both now and when we are old; and when our last hour comes we shall meet it humbly, and there, beyond the grave, we shall say that we have suffered and wept, that our life was bitter, and God will have pity on us. Ah, then dear, dear Uncle, we shall see that bright and beautiful life; we shall rejoice and look back upon our sorrow here; a tender smile–and–we shall rest. I have faith, Uncle, fervent, passionate faith. We shall rest. We shall hear the angels. We shall see heaven shining like a jewel. We shall see all evil and all our pain sink away in the great compassion that shall enfold the world. Our life will be as peaceful and tender and sweet as a caress. I have faith; I have faith.–Sonia, Act I

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