Whether I would really want a doctor like television’s Gregory House is a question I have asked myself while watching reruns from the first four seasons. This was when I consider him to have been at his best, and he once diagnosed several patients who were sitting in the clinic lobby in under two minutes.
Throughout the fifth season, however, his abilities became a bit questionable. Just how much of what happened was real and what was hallucination?
Given the choice, I would want a doctor like the Gregory House of the first three seasons to treat me, whether I were only a clinic patient or I had some mystery illness that no other doctor could yet diagnose. No diagnosis means no reliable treatment, much less a cure, only medication to lessen whatever symptoms or reduce any pain I may have. Even though Dr. House, or a doctor very much like him, might make me worse before making me better, at least I would know that he is just obsessive enough to keep working on my case until he had solved the puzzle.
Plus, he does not pussy foot around and try to soften the blow, he just comes right out and tells you what he thinks is wrong with you and how he intends to treat your affliction. Personally, I have never liked doctors who talked to me as though I am some fragile, delicate girl who cannot handle the harsh reality of what they have found. I would much rather they tell me flat out, even if the prognosis is grim.
Or, to quote something Dr. Gregory House, portrayed brilliantly by Hugh Laurie, once asked a patient, “What would you prefer: a doctor who holds your hand while you die or one who ignores you while you get better?”
I think I will take the latter, thank you very much!
Besides being a world-renowned doctor, House has an uncanny ability to deduce many things about a person or patient after spending only a few minutes with him or her. He has also often been led to the correct diagnosis based on some seemingly insignificant bit of information such as where a patient went on vacation, a symptom he or she forgot to mention or, in one episode, the patients’ true ethnicity.
So, would I want a doctor who may have Schizoid Personality Disorder, something which could explain House’s avoidance of emotionally intimate personal relationships, his narcissism, superiority complex, and his lack of interaction with his patients, yet is highly intelligent, witty, says exactly what he thinks, and is willing to do just about anything to arrive at the correct diagnosis?
The answer is a resounding yes!