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There are many ways that this episode can relate to ethics. The manner in which Dr. House approaches his duties, speaks to his colleague's and patient's, and the manner in which he carries himself, are all very ethically questionable.

This episode is about a woman named Lucille who is believed to be a schizophrenic. Lucille's young son cares for her, and while trying to assist her in retrieving disability money, Lucille releases a blood clot in her leg that travels to her heart and restricts the flow to her lungs. Hospitalized, Lucille comes into contact with Dr. House when he over hears that she is a schizophrenic. Dr. House immediately takes interest in her, and begins working on her case. Through the madness of broken rules, no concern for moral or ethical value, and trial and error Dr. House is able to cure Lucille by diagnosing her with Wilson's Disease, and treating her accordingly.

Dr. Gregory House is devoid of beside manner. He avoids patients like the plague, but loves a challenge. He wouldn't even speak to his patients if he could get away with it, because they "bore him." The only reason he seemed to show any interest in Lucille is, because she was supposedly a schizophrenic, and this perked his interest. No this behavior is not a moral flaw, but his avid problem with lying, cheating, stealing, and breaking and entering is.

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During regular rounds House is faced with a mother who has brought her daughter in for a step throat check. He is not only rude in telling the mother that the daughter does not have strep throat, but then insults the mother when she asks him to explain to her daughter that sugar is bad for her. He not only insists the mother buy a sugar cake, but a "damn sugar cake," at that. Dr. House's second routine check is a man with continuous hiccups. He patronizes the patient, insults his intelligence, and then insist that the patient continue to slap himself while he excuses himself to "pee pee." This is outrageous, no one deserves to be spoken to in that manner, and especially by someone of his stature. There was no respect given to these patients' by House.

When House meets Lucille's son he has a very unapproachable mannerism about him. Dr. House is very unprofessional and hands the child money, telling him to go buy himself something to eat, but also very demanding in requiring he bring him back a Ruben sand which. Also, while sitting with the young boy and eating a hamburger, discovered in the home of the patient, he tells the boy that he shouldn't have to care for his mother the way that he does. He tells the boy he should be out doing what kids his age do, "sniffing glue, catching crabs." This comment made me cringe. He had no right to speak to the boy this way, nor should he make such liberal and crude statements to a boy only 15 years old or any age for that matter. Also, with no regard to the young boys feelings Dr. House throws around the fact that the boy's mother is crazy. In the closing of this episode, the son is reunited with his mother and still believes that Dr. House is the one who turned him in to child services. The boy vows never to thank him for what he has done. Instead of simply being polite, ignoring the comment

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and being professional, or many other things he could have done House retaliates by telling the boy that he didn't care, and wanted him out of his life. This comment was beyond unethical, it was hurtful, mean, and immature.

During a check of Lucille's liver by Chase and Cameron, cirrhosis and a cancerous tumor

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