House said something like “Schizophrenics don’t have self-sacrifice, so that rules out schizophrenia.”
That’s sort of like “She understands what other people think, she can’t be autistic.” Only worse.
Most episodes of House are awful in some way related to disability.
He basically believes that he has an unbounded right to do whatever he wants to patients.
Weird, I just started watching House myself. (It came out 10 years ago but I never watched it until this week when I noticed it on Netflix streaming and got curious). But that schizophrenia comment made me o_0 too. Even though in some ways that particular episode made kind of an interesting point about how probably lots of people get immediately written off as “crazy in some severe but unspecified way” without anyone bothering to find out what’s going on with them. Or look at how what they’re doing/saying makes sense in a certain context. Etc. But the whole idea that people with a schizophrenia DX are “incapable of self-sacrifice” or whatever is just bizarre. My guess is it was lazy plotting/writing but still.
Rambling now, but for all his flaws, one thing I do kind of like about House’s character is the fact that he really REALLY tries to stop people from dying. Regardless of his reasons, I’d much rather have a doctor like that than one who would too easily encourage signing DNR forms, etc.
(Also — and this just hit me today — the whole show is essentially a modern take of Sherlock Holmes in a medical setting. House -> Home -> Holmes; Wilson -> Watson, even.)