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Ever wonder if those bizarre cases Dr. Gregory House cracks every week on TV really happen? Like many med dramas, the Fox series has MD consultants, and like another successful franchise, Law & Order, the plots from House are ripped from the headlines — in this case, out of medical journals.
David Foster, an internist who's a writer and producer on House, tells today's Wall Street Journal that he gets some of his best plotlines from the clinical problem-solving column in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) — "one of the great gold mines of diseases," he tells the newspaper. Other ideas come from The Merck Manual, Harrison's Manual of Medicine (a textbook), friends, and (surprise) the Internet. "It's good for us but bad for humanity that there are so many ways that the body breaks down," Foster tells the Journal.
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