TIs the medical drama House MD accurate?

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Published on Oct 21, 2017

How accurate is the TV show House MD and medical dramas in general compared to real life? I dust off my old DVDs and give it a watch.

I used to love this show as a medical student, so thought I'd revisit it knowing what I know now and see if it holds up!

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House “Everybody Lies” - Season 1 - Episode 1
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House “Everybody Lies” - Season 1 - Episode 1
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Cartoon spike:

Explosion from EastEnders:

TV Static:

Dr Watson taken from Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes (WB):

House theme tune:

London’s Burning TV ad:

DJ air horn sound effect:


David Cameron clip:

Song 'Escapists' by The AutoDisko
Song 'Echinoderm Regeneration' by Jingle Punks'
Song 'See you Soon’ by Otis McDonald
Song ‘New Land’ by ALBIS

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  • eritated - 2 hours ago

    Older people have more interesting stories, you say? I’m 19 years old, was diagnosed with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia at the old age of 15, when nearly everyone with it is diagnosed in infancy or a bit older. I’ve gone through three CF sweat tests(and many, many other tests when they had no clue what I had), had my eardrums ripped out from my fourth setof T-tubes, which then never healed & had to have two full tympanoplasties at 11. I’ve had 11 surgeries total, soon to be 12, and 9 PICC lines. I am now hospitalized approx. three times a year due to pseudomonas infections. And that’s not all! due to the pseudomonas infection, before I was diagnosed at 14, they put me a round of flouroquinalones x3, which then triggered my now severe Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which causes a whole other set of issues like moderate-severe s-curve scoliosis, severe chronic pain, weird veins which make peripheral IVs that don’t blow almost immediately impossible, tachycardia, and the best one: inability to take the only oral drug (flouroquinalones) that treat pseudomonas, which means tobramyacin is the only other option. Anyway lol great video, I love watching people pick apart hospital shows as I like to do. I can’t watch them anymore because being a patient so much has made me notice too many issues with them!

  • Brianne Slamin - 3 hours ago

    Yesss. Been wanting a doc to comment on House. Hope it’s a good one, here we go!

  • Hercules Mulligan - 4 hours ago

    No, we don’t get three amazing doctors and a MacArthur genius prize winner for a seizure in America; our healthcare system just sucks.

  • Brian Logan - 5 hours ago

    Jesus Christ!! I guess I wouldn't care if you saved my life, but good God don't break my door. If you had to break in don't break the door.

  • HarrietTwelveThree - 8 hours ago

    Teardrop was only used in the US. Outside the US an original them composed for the show was used for copyright reasons (something I never knew for years as I streamed them all online )...but that was also different to the theme in this video so I don't know how or why it changed again...

  • Hristin Andonov - 11 hours ago

    18:54 Hypocrisy much?

  • janet spychalski - 15 hours ago

    Dr Hope's Sick Notes, in my experience, the "head" doctor makes the orders and then a hospitalist will see you every day. I live in the U.S.

  • Mordredd - 17 hours ago

    House is not loosely based on Holmes, they are almost the very same person. Same personalities, same issues, same addresses, same job in a way(puzzle solving), same way of solving them, severe drug abuse in both cases, etc.

  • Pro Jey96 - 18 hours ago

    I believe House is or was the only medical diagnostic department (Or it was just created for the show) So instead of 1Doctor, is House, and 3 or 4 spcialist, Foreman Is Brain guy, Chase cuts people... and cant remenber Cameron.. xD i know i didnt use the right terms So because of that, House is famous, is the only department that take rare cases, so he has diferent work hours and stuff with the hospital

  • James Cash - 20 hours ago

    I love Dr House MD. Just don't put a scalpel in my hand, and expect a happy ending. lol

  • Marela9 - 1 day ago

    It was a bit annoying to watch House around my medical family. Cause they'd get diagnosing half way through the show. Spoiler alert, they'd usually be right.

  • TheInsaneFellow - 1 day ago

    Loved the show when I watched it a couple years back. But the pilot is actually wrong, you can't get neurocisticercosis from ham, you get it from the worms eggs that are generally found in vegetables grown on farms where there are also pigs

  • Me yes just Me - 1 day ago

    You are talking too much . Please react more talk less

  • Voldemort - 1 day ago

    this is EXACTLY what i wanted to see

  • Myiphone5 - 2 days ago

    The reason for so many Doctors for one patient is due to it being a specialist diagnostics team for only extreme conditions. House gets known for whacky diagnostics so people start coming there specifically for weird conditions.

  • Myiphone5 - 2 days ago

    I watched House too much and ended up in Psychology & Counselling... who he often mocks xD. But the therapy episodes later on were really great, albeit not very accurate or good xD.

  • Darling Angel - 2 days ago

    I want a husband like you , or you I mean your adorable and polite

  • Darling Angel - 2 days ago

    I want to be a Dr because of you sir. You inspire me

  • maybellinelover - 2 days ago

    I knew House was inspired by Holmes but I never realized the House/Holmes, Wilson/Watson thing.

  • Richard Smith - 2 days ago

    I always assumed the show was semi-accurate, that they would have actual medical students filling in the jargon as long as it doesn't negatively effect the plot, and making things up to continue the narrative.

  • Alanna Carlson - 2 days ago

    When I had my surgery I had a neurologist, neuro-oncologist, and neurosurgeon all working with me. Oh, and an anesthesiologist! Does that count?

  • Candice Luke - 2 days ago

    As you're a British doctor I'd LOVE to see you react to Casualty. I'm not a doctor and even I find it incredibly cringy. Stuff they do makes you wonder if the BBC even bothered to hire any sort of medical consultant. Or even just characters that are ridiculous.

  • tara jean Pryce - 2 days ago

    You r so right about er rooms full of non Hollywood people. I was in it every week of few for a very very long time till they could figure out I had diabetic amyopathy. I had no doctor and in Canada, the clinics and different doctors and hospitals don't share information so nobody even from the same clinic had the info from the previous visit.(Totally inefficient) only the number of visits to various clinics or er visits. They thought I was a attention seeker till I was able to see a neurologist around the 11 month plus Mark. Horrible experience but happens all the time in medium sized towns in Canada because we r so understaffed and don't treat our medical workers very well

  • Ayame Williams - 3 days ago

    My cousins friend actually had that happen to her. Her course of treatment was a lot longer though.

  • alex7071 - 3 days ago

    I learned the "old people in hospitals" thing from dr. cox on scrubs, telling it like it is as always, search for "Scrubs S01E01 - Modern medicine" there's a clip on here.

  • HolyMaryFullOfShit - 3 days ago

    the father of a friend of mine is a professor. he used to use house to teach. his course wasnt allowed to watch the episodes before they reviewed the 2-5 interesting ones he planned to use in a lecture.

  • Rebecca Phoenix - 3 days ago

    I love this! I absolutely hate watching veterinary dramas due to the inaccuracies. It's fun to see a MD disect different dramas and explain how they are accurate or not. Good job!

  • Ghouse080612 - 3 days ago

    Really enjoyed your video, do more on House.

  • Lydia Efternamn - 3 days ago

    That is the problem with medical dramas. I work as an assistant nurse and probably everyone knows that there are gonna be body fluids involved when it comes to treating sickness. How can you assure your hands are sanitized if you are wearning below elbow? We have to literally sanitize our arms all the time.

  • thevine2010 - 3 days ago

    From personal experience, doctors rarely do a group huddle. They would ask the opinion of 1 or 2 doctors. Typically, we have people from the medical team going over how a patient is doing (1 hour per unit [5-30 beds]). We would have the attending doctor, the nurse/s, the pharmacist (or chemist), the respiratory therapist, the physical therapist , a social worker, and a few students. A specialist can be called and we talk via online chat. I was also incredulous regarding the pork connection in the House episode. Most likely they found the infection via autopsy (people will likely not watch a show if the patient dies every single time). I've noticed that most hospital doctors (or hospitalists) are moving away from the white coat to scrubs. Some of us get a white coat ceremony, and it's a badge of recognition.