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“I look for zebras because other doctors have ruled out all the horses.” — Dr. Gregory House

Medical students are taught that when they hear hoofbeats, they should think horses, not zebras, but Dr. House’s unique talent of diagnosing unusual illnesses has made House, M.D. one of the most popular and fascinating series on television. In Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., Barbara Barnett, widely considered a leading House expert, takes fans deep into the heart of the show’s central character and his world, examining the way this medical Sherlock Holmes’s colleagues and patients reflect him and each other; how the music, settings, and even the humor enhance our understanding of the series’ narrative; what the show says about modern medicine, ethics, and religion; and much more.

Complete with an episode-by-episode guide and numerous interviews with cast members, producers, and writers, Chasing Zebras is an intelligent look at one of television’s most popular shows.
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ISBN: 9781554908097
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Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, MD. by Barbara Barnett is an excellent guide to the TV Show? This is my favorite medical show. I was sorry to see it end.I have always been interested in medicine. My father was a doctor and he used to show me around the different parts of the hospital when I was growing up. I watched several operations from a window looking down on the theatre. The reason that I loved this show was its focus on rare diseases and since I have had two of the ones on the show I am very glad for any press that they get. Rare disease are nicknamed “zebras”. Common diseases are horses.It is well known that doctors in medical school are trained to think of horses or common diseases when they “hear the hoof beats” instead of zebras. On a personal note, my father had wanted to be a diagnostician as he often thought of zebras and caught many of them. He could not pay for the extra specialization so his dream never came true. But to me, he was an improved version of Dr. House as he got along with his patients.The fictional hospital that Dr. House worked at was called Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Dr. House led a team of specialists from different backgrounds in diagnosing diseases. These diseases required Sherlock Holmes type doctors. There are plenty of references to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the series. Today, there is only one facility where this function is performed in the United States. In 2009, the National Institute of Health established a Center for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases. Only a few cases are accepted each year, just like the Supreme Court selects its cases. This wonderful illustrated guide gives a very detailed description of all the main characters down to what their homes were like inside! It discusses the background music, the medicine, the medical accuracy carefully. Also, half of the book discusses each of the episodes in the most interesting way. It goes over topics common to each show like the Zebra of the Week; House is A Jerk, Props Department and many more.I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to all House fans.more

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Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, MD. by Barbara Barnett is an excellent guide to the TV Show? This is my favorite medical show. I was sorry to see it end.I have always been interested in medicine. My father was a doctor and he used to show me around the different parts of the hospital when I was growing up. I watched several operations from a window looking down on the theatre. The reason that I loved this show was its focus on rare diseases and since I have had two of the ones on the show I am very glad for any press that they get. Rare disease are nicknamed “zebras”. Common diseases are horses.It is well known that doctors in medical school are trained to think of horses or common diseases when they “hear the hoof beats” instead of zebras. On a personal note, my father had wanted to be a diagnostician as he often thought of zebras and caught many of them. He could not pay for the extra specialization so his dream never came true. But to me, he was an improved version of Dr. House as he got along with his patients.The fictional hospital that Dr. House worked at was called Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Dr. House led a team of specialists from different backgrounds in diagnosing diseases. These diseases required Sherlock Holmes type doctors. There are plenty of references to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the series. Today, there is only one facility where this function is performed in the United States. In 2009, the National Institute of Health established a Center for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases. Only a few cases are accepted each year, just like the Supreme Court selects its cases. This wonderful illustrated guide gives a very detailed description of all the main characters down to what their homes were like inside! It discusses the background music, the medicine, the medical accuracy carefully. Also, half of the book discusses each of the episodes in the most interesting way. It goes over topics common to each show like the Zebra of the Week; House is A Jerk, Props Department and many more.I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to all House fans.more
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