A 38-year-old mother, apparently suffering from thrombosis, alcoholism and schizophrenia, has only her underage 15-year-old son as caregiver.

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When it appears that Lucy Palmeiro, a schizophrenic mom with deep vein thrombosis, is lying about her alcohol intake, Dr. House is the lone voice of reason. Under the scrutiny of her hyper-vigilant teenage son, House takes Lucy off all her medications and secretly sends Foreman and Chase to search her apartment for clues. Written by Anonymous

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21 December 2004 (USA)  »

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In a conversation with Dr. Wilson around 7 minutes into the episode, House mentions a "guitar player from an English band" and moments after reveals it as being Pink Floyd. That is a reference to Syd Barrett, former guitar player, who left the band in 1968 due to his deteriorating mental condition. He was also diagnosed with schizophrenia. See more »

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Wilson gives a diagnosis of cancer based on a sonogram when he should have only said the patient has a tumor. The only way to actually diagnose cancer is with a biopsy. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Gregory House: Self-sacrifice is not a symptom of schizophrenia. It excludes the diagnosis.
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Connections

References The Madness of King George (1994) See more »

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Happy Bithday to You
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill (as Patty and Mildred J. Hill) in 1893 as "Good Morning to All" and published in its final form in 1912
Played by Hugh Laurie on piano
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Gripping
3 April 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

SOCRATIC METHOD is one of the first season's more intense episodes, in which a mother with serious health problems is thought to have substance problems. Her son is like a parent to her, protecting her at every turn. House suspects something far more peculiar going on, and has his team check out the woman's home for possible contributing factors. This is the kind of episode that has hooked me on this show. It plays like a medical episode of LAW & ORDER, which is the highest compliment I can give any TV series. The acting is first rate, the drama is high, and the action is compelling. And we get to see the House team in a different light in this episode.


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