House M.D.: Season 3, Episode 3

Informed Consent (19 Sep. 2006)

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House and his team face a lot of moral dilemmas when a patient wants them to help him end his life.

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Ezra Powell, a renowned pioneer in the field of medical research, collapses in his lab. House is struggling after the ketamine treatment wore off and doesn't want to talk about it. When the team put Ezra through rigorous diagnostic tests and don't come up with anything conclusive Ezra demands the team to help him end his life. Now the team goes through twists and turns of the moral dilemma of ignoring his wishes or to assist in his suicide and abide by Ezra's wishes. Written by SoWeirdo65

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The wall clock in the MRI room is labeled 'Stoia Tucker', which is also the pharmaceutical company in "TB or not TB" (#2.4) (Most likely from Chris Stoia, first assistant director on the show.) See more »

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When House is about to inject morphine into Powell's body, the amount of morphine in the syringe changes between the shots. The syringe is half-full when House is shot from the front, and only a quarter full when he is shot from behind his left shoulder. See more »

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Dr. Allison Cameron: I can't do this.
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Dr. Gregory House: Drama queen.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Cello Suite No. 1
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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As House goes, this is a fairly typical episode, with lots of soapy melodrama, overacting, one-dimensional characters, and an overly simplistic view of medicine combined with lots of dramatic license. However -- it's a GREAT academic tool. I teach "Medical Law and Ethics" to budding health care professionals (it's one of the first three classes in their curriculum), and have now used this episode in about ten classes over the last five years on the last day of the course. It does a nice job of incorporating half a dozen basic principles into a package, from informed consent for research to informed consent for treatment; from active euthanasia to passive euthanasia to "let nature take its course." It is a gripping tale despite its unrealism, and a powerful educational tool as a springboard to class discussion about the general and theoretical principles they have been studying for many weeks. It's been a great way to wrap up the class on the final day. Class member feedback has been that it's very moving, very thought-provoking, and there's JUST enough ambiguity so that the viewer has strong suspicions but is ... not ... quite ... completely certain exactly who might have been in the hospital room at 2:30 a.m. It's an episode worth watching, especially for medical newbies as an academic exercise.


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