Who is Real Life Dr. House

Rare diseases: This is the German and real Dr. House

It was season 7, episode 11 of "Dr. House ”, which saved the life of the trained bricklayer Bernd Kreinacher *. And of course the fact that his doctor, a German medicine professor named Jürgen Schäfer, is a fan of Gregory House, this gifted but lousy diagnostician from television.

Schäfer, 59, cardiologist and internist at the University Clinic Marburg, had followed the series for years with his wife, a gastrointestinal specialist, and spent nights discussing the mysterious diseases that the TV doctor exposed. Do such bizarre ailments really exist, or is it all made up? The two of them rolled over books, searched the Internet and came to the conclusion: The medical facts of Dr. House are amazingly accurate, there is or was there, the zinc poisoning from toothpaste, the allergy to sperm, the encephalitis from pork tapeworm.

At some point Schäfer presented his students with a few house puzzles. If someone vomited or collapsed blood, he pressed the stop button and asked: “Would we have cured the patient in Marburg too? What is the diagnosis? "

So the professor from Hessen not only got the reputation of the “German Dr. House ". But also at the crucial moment on this one trace, which is so vital for Bernd Kreinacher.

Cobalt poisoning from a damaged hip joint

“Medicine is like a thriller,” says Schäfer, beaming over his almost white, thick beard as he talks about the case with the happy ending. “You really want to find out who it was. You want to catch the perpetrator, the virus or the worm or the mutated gene. ”Born in Karlsruhe, he heads the“ Center for Undetected and Rare Diseases ”(ZusE) in Marburg, where he takes care of patients who others have long since given up.

While detectives collect fingerprints or fibers, shepherds, two interns and ten specialist colleagues, who are available to the ZusE for a few hours every week, set their sights on symptoms in order to hunt down the perpetrator. In the case of the seriously ill Bernd Kreinacher, it was the combination of rapid hearing and vision loss, massive heart failure, attacks of fever and an underactive thyroid that provided the decisive indication.

Schäfer suddenly remembered: At Dr. House once had exactly the same clinical picture as an elderly lady. He found out: The TV doctor had diagnosed cobalt poisoning from a damaged hip joint. Jürgen Schäfer had his patient's blood tested - and the rest, as the saying goes, was history.