House calls: TV helps doc diagnose

That was the lesson for one German doctor, Dr Juergen Schaefer, a fan of the US medical drama, House. He was able to diagnose a 55-year-old man referred to him with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of symptoms, which stumped other doctors for months.

“After five minutes, I knew what was wrong,” said Dr Schaefer, of the Centre for Undiagnosed Diseases in Marburg, north of Frankfurt.

He said the man’s symptoms matched up almost perfectly with a patient on an episode in which the fictional Dr Gregory House, played

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