A young boy's fever lasts nearly a week after a Ouija board predicts he will die. Clinic Cases: Chase's case of a man with numb fingers.



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Sarah Reilich
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Twelve-year-old Gabriel 'Gabe' Reilich thinks he's cursed after collapsing when his name comes out of a Ouija board game played with mates, marking him for death. Dr. Robert Chase explores the abandoned meeting place of the boys' secret society and the suspicious substances found there. Gabe's scary mix of suddenly-appearing symptoms suggest anthrax and a rare, infectious tropical disease. Meanwhile, Chase refuses to have any personal contact with his visiting father, rheumatologist Rowan Chase, a world authority on auto-immune diseases who suddenly turns up and joins the diagnostic joust. House takes a stubborn interest in Rowan's reason to visit his estranged son, as well as in the past of Gabe's admired, separated father, Jeffrey Reilich. Written by KGF Vissers/edited by statmanjeff

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Drama | Mystery


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1 March 2005 (USA)  »

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Chase's rheumatologist father is reportedly in town for an SLE conference. SLE stands for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune disease. See more »


Dr. Chase (younger) says that anthrax can't account for the nodules in the respiratory tract, which Dr. Chase (senior) follows by considering the possibilities of sarcoidosis and multiple neurofibromatosis. In reality anthrax itself can produce hilar lymphadenopathy and press up on the trachea (visible both in a CT scan and as reddish nodules seen while inserting a respiration tube) and produce respiratory depression. In the face of the obvious there is no need for a second diagnosis. See more »


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Dr. Gregory House: The little ones call me "Uncle Greg."
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We definitely need to know if 12-year-olds are getting any action.
7 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A 12-year-old thinks he is cursed because of an ouija board. He is presenting with a host of extremely rare diseases including anthrax.

In the middle of this case walks Chase's dad, played by Patrick Bauchau ("The Pretender"). He walked out on Chase when he was 15 and Chase holds him responsible for his mom's death. Thing is, he is dying, but doesn't want Chase to know. he just wants to see him. The conflict that Chase is having with his father mirrors the conflicting emotions of the boy when he finds out what his real problem is and that his father lied to him.

Excellent acting by all involved, but Chase (Jesse Spencer) steals the show.

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