House and hypochondriacs

My wife and I have become addicted to viewing the serial exploits of Dr Gregory House MD, you know, the character played by the inimitable British actor Hugh Laurie. House MD has not only made Laurie very rich and famous and convinced a whole generation of Americans that the nouveaux blues singer is surely an Amercun not a Brit, but has underpinned the emergent psychological infection of seasonal hypochondriasis.

House MD is fundamentally a medical version of Sherlock Holmes and hinges on the notion of differential diagnostics. I was hoping to find or make a nice infographic of symptoms and outcomes or a flow chart based on the TV show, but GE have essentially beaten me to it with their interactive DD graphic.

When you have heartburn, do you also feel nauseous? Or if you’re experiencing insomnia, do you tend to put on a few pounds, or more? By combing through 7.2 million of our electronic medical records, GE has created a disease network to help illustrate relationships between various conditions and how common those connections are. You can take a look at conditions or condition categories and gender to uncover interesting associations.

Health InfoScape.

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