Sunday, June 01, 2008

ego trip

Because everything in life can be explained by a quote from House:

GABE: Why did you become a doctor?

HOUSE: That's the big question? I give you complete license to humiliate me and that's the best you can do. Well, okay. Let's discuss the wonder of the human body.

GABE: No, no, no. You're a curious guy. You like to figure things out. Why not go into research? Why work with people when you obviously hate people?

HOUSE: When I was fourteen, my father was stationed in Japan. I went rock-climbing with this kid from school. He fell, got injured and I had to bring him to the hospital. We came in through the wrong entrance, passed this guy in the hall. It was a janitor. Friend came down with an infection and doctors didn't know what to do. So they brought in the janitor. He was a doctor and a buraku; one of Japan's untouchables. His ancestors had been slaughterers, gravediggers. And this guy knew that he wasn't accepted by the staff, didn't even try, didn't dress well, he didn't pretend to be one of them. The people around that place, they didn't think that he had anything they wanted, except when they needed him. Because he was right; which meant that nothing else mattered, they had to listen to him.

House MD - Season 3, Episode 7 : Son of a Coma Guy

Because there is no bigger ego trip than to be proven right over a diagnostic that nobody came even remotely close to guessing.


And thus you have captured the essence of the grammar police and other miscellaneous pedants. Except for rhetoric mongers.



what a quaint story.

house's minions would have figured out the diagnoses much earlier if they were confident of their plans instead of dependent on his.

but yeah, i dream of the chance to beat the consultants to a diagnosis. that'd be a great story to tell the grandkids.


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