Still, I wonder when either of these shows will get around to hiring a gorgeous actor or actress to play the first TV bioethicist -- hmm, since they're running out of rhymes for McSteamy or McDreamy, they'll have to think of something else...like McEthical? Or maybe it'll be on the Grey's Anatomy spinoff with Kate Walsh.
But seriously, (yes, SERIOUSLY), if you're interested in media/television and their responsibility to portray medicine/ethics properly (or their utter lack of doing so), you might be interested in the following call for papers:
Blackwell Publishing Call for Abstracts
House M.D. and Philosophy
Please circulate and post widely (apologies for cross-posting)
Henry Jacoby, Editor email@example.com
William Irwin, Series Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
The Blackwell Philosophy and PopCulture Series
To propose ideas for future volumes in the Blackwell series please
contact William Irwin, email@example.com
Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial
but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader.
Contributors of accepted essays will receive an honorarium.
Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the
House's critical thinking skills (the use of Mill's Methods, Ockham's
Razor, Inference to the Best Explanation, and the Scientific Method)
Pessimism: House and Schopenhauer
House and Addiction; House as Cynic
House and Sartre: Hell is Other People
"Everybody Lies": House on Human Nature
House and Nietzsche
"I Like My Theory Better": the Logic of the Guess (Abductive Reasoning)
House's Ethical Egoism
Appearance and Reality: Is House Dreaming his Recovery?: Mind-Body
Interaction in Patient Care
House on Religion (the irrationality of faith, the virtues of science
over religion, and the comfort of having no afterlife)
Race and Gender on House
Dialogue: Why does House Need his Team? (The logic of question and answer)
Paternalism and Patient Autonomy (Is it permissible to lie to the
patient, other doctors, hospital administrators) for the patient's own
The ethics and expectations of privacy for patients
The ethics of allocating scarce medical resources
The Nature of Friendship on House
What makes House a Genius?
Personal Identity: Would a pain-free House still be House? Creativity
and Catalyzing Creative Problem Solving
Why Being Nice is Overrated: House's Moral Virtues
Is there a place for a maverick in collaborative hospital care?
1. Abstract of paper (100-500 words).
2. CV or resume for each author and co-author.
3. Submission deadline for abstracts: April 10, 2007
4. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers
(tentative): August 3, 2007
5. Submission deadline for final papers October 22, 2007.
6. Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail, with or without Word attachment.
Send by e-mail to:Henry Jacoby,firstname.lastname@example.org