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Old 28-12-2011, 01:13 PM   #1
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I wrote about the TV series House as soon as I first saw it and added a new analysis with every episode. This week on Studio 360 there’s a commentary about its relation to Sherlock Holmes. Guess who’s written about him as well?

But my colleagues don’t emulate House, but, rather, Hawkeye Pierce, a character I always found irritatingly superficial and predictable.

Maybe there’s a clue in there somewhere.
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Old 28-12-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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I'd really be interested in what others think of these two physicians.
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Old 28-12-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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One of them used humor to deal with serious issues. The other uses critical thinking even if it breaks a few rules to deal with serious issues.

An interesting study looked at people’s responses watching a movie for about 15 minutes. They watched either a stressful movie (beginning of Saving Private Ryan) or a humorous movie (There’s Something about Mary). They found that blood vessels constricted by as much as 30% to 50% when watching the stressful movie, whereas vasodilatation (blood vessels opening up) occurred when investigators measured vascular function in subjects watching the comedies.

Maybe the are driven to avoid seriousness for survival reasons.
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Old 28-12-2011, 09:14 PM   #4
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Hi Barrett!

If the comparison is to Riitchie's Holmes (Downey Jr.) I'd go with House. As Lindsay Faye pointed out in her review:

"Downey’s Holmes sits in a restaurant awaiting his friend and his friend’s new fiancée. Suddenly, alone at a table, the influx of information becomes too much for him. He hears everything, sees everything, knows everything there is to know about complete strangers, hears the clink of every spoon and at once is aware of whether it was manufactured in Manchester or Liverpool, and he can’t shut it off."



When we think of the things House does, often to the point of obsession, maybe it's because he can't shut it off either. Maybe how he sees is more signifcant that what he sees.

I often think that the frustrations SomaSimplers have with their conventionally prescriptive colleagues is really not a matter of them not seeing what you're seeing.

The disconnect is that there are those--and perhaps a whole lot of those--who don't have the blessing/curse like Holmes or House or you folks to process information as you do.

The irony is that what you can't shut off--they can't turn on. They can't relate to how you see.

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Old 28-12-2011, 09:46 PM   #5
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Great comments.

Everyone here should read this.

House once asked a patient, "Would you rather have a guy like me or a doctor who held your hand while you died?"

Seriousness and humor both have their attributes, but, as always, the medicine is in the dose and timing.
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Old 29-12-2011, 12:56 AM   #6
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Quote:
"I've found that when you want to know the truth about someone that someone is probably the last person you should ask."
That is so true

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"Hang up a shingle and condemn the narrowness and greed of Western medicine, you'd make a damn fine living."
Doesn't this hit a nail, hard.

Great quotes Barrett. I'll have to watch this series now.
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I never watched it after the first season, but only because I felt I had learned what I needed/wanted to know.

I've learned from a few more resources since then.
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I once read that House was based on this book but have never read it.
Read law 13
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Great find Michael. I'm going to get this book.

I'm convinced that screenwriters search and remember their entire lives. It simply isn't possible for them to appropriately attribute everything. In fact, a whole scene featuring a PT on a TV series a few years ago was drawn specifically from something I'd written and put on my web site two years earlier.

The series was Providence.

No, I never got any residuals.
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