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  • He had an infarction in his right thigh.

    Similar to a clot that causes a stroke if it is in the brain, a heart attack if it is in the heart and an embolism if it is in the lung, an infarction in his leg blocked the flow of blood. House explains this in the "Pilot."

    It is further explained in "Three Stories" that his condition went misdiagnosed for three days causing severe nerve damage and muscle death. They wanted to amputate his leg but he opposed it. The surgery that tried to restore blood circulation and removal of dead muscle tissue left his leg permanently impaired and in chronic pain. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Yes, we have. Creator David Shore based House on Sherlock Holmes because of his ability to solve the medical mysteries of his patients. You'll find lots of similarities to Holmes, who was in turn based on a real-life doctor by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so it's come full circle.

    In addition, Holmes and House have something else in common: both are drug addicts. House is addicted to the painkiller Vicodin and Holmes to injected cocaine[/link].

    It should be noted, however, Vicodin, or Hydrocodone, is actually only a moderately powerful pain killing medicine. Tylenol 3, aka Acetaminophen with Codeine is the least powerful. Darvon or Darvocet, aka propoxyphene is the next least, and then you get to Vicodin, or Hydrocodone. There is, beyond that, in order of strength, Morphine, Percocet/Percodan, Oxycontin/Oxycodone (which is the main drug in the aforementioned Percocet and Percodan, but these come in higher doses), Methadone, Dilaudid, Demerol, and finally Fentanyl. Any and all of these can lead to addiction, however in people with no substance abuse history, use of these medications only lead to true addiction in under 1% of all users. Thus, Hydrocodone in significantly higher doses, especially the doses they made it appear House took, would not, under almost any condition, be the next step. Instead, they would just move to a more powerful drug.

    Holmes,. OTOH, smoked opium, aka "chasing the dragon." FWIW, in the days Holmes used Opium, it was perfectly legal for him to do so both in the UK and the US.

    The show is named after a play on words (House = "homes" = Holmes). House's best friend James Wilson is named after Holmes' friend John H. Watson. Both Wilson and Watson were three times married.

    The man who shot House at the end of Season 2 is named "Jack Moriarty," who shares the surname of Holmes' archnemesis.

    Holmes passed the time between cases by reading boring monographs; House passes time between cases by watching insipid medical dramas.

    Does everyone also realize that their personalities are completely alike? Both are brilliant, arrogant, and single-minded in their pursuit of the answer to their mystery. The only difference is that Holmes is much more refined than House.

    Arthur Conan Doyle partly based Sherlock Holmes on Dr. Joseph Bell, a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and eminent surgeon. (reference - Reader's Digest Strange Stories, Amazing Facts 1976, LCCC 76-2966, pages 554-555 - "The Incredible Dr. Bell") In season 5 Episode 11 "Joy to the World", House receives a Christmas present that turns out to be a book on surgery written by Dr. Joseph Bell.

    Also, in the season finale, House fakes his own death, as did Sherlock Holmes. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • His main vision is that of Amber, who he determines to represent his irrational mind. He notes this during a discussion with Wilson who says "Your irrational mind is like my rational one."

    His second halluncination is Cuddy taking him home to detox and ultimately sleeping with him. He then continues this by seeing her lipstick in place of vicodin bottle. He figures out that it was all fake after announcing their tryst to the entire lobby full of nurses and fellows. She fires him.

    The final hallucination is Kutner. Who may simply represent his rational mind. However it is never stated why he sees the recently deceased doctor.

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  • She has already returned in one episode to Chase a "proper farewell" along with an explanation.

    In addition, in the Season 6 finale, we find out something appears to be very wrong with 13.

    They did not kill Cameron off, they simply wrote her out. Also, Jennifer Morrison, the actress who plays Cameron, stated she was told she wasn't "off the show" and thus, could very well return at pretty much anytime, even though she was starring in ABCs Once Upon A Time.

    In the season 8 finale (the final season) Cameron returns to the show (but not to the department). Edit (Coming Soon)

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