British actor Hugh Laurie who played the eponymous House MD in the US Medical drama TV series, in Los Angeles, USA, in this file photo dated Friday, April 20, 2012. If you are stricken down with a

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British actor Hugh Laurie who played the eponymous House MD in the US Medical drama TV series, in Los Angeles, USA, in this file photo dated Friday, April 20, 2012. If you are stricken down with a rare medical condition, you better hope your doctor watches the right TV show, and that is exactly what happened to a German man (name withheld) in May 2012, with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of other symptoms including fever, blindness, deafness and enlarged lymph nodes, which stumped doctors at other hospitals for months. The 55-year-old man was only diagnosed when he was referred to Dr. Juergen Schaefer, who works at the Center for Undiagnosed Diseases in Marburg, Germany, and is a fan of the U.S. television medical drama, “House”, “After five minutes, I knew what was wrong,” said Schaefer, identifying cobalt poisoning as the cause because the symptoms matched a scenario in the TV drama. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, FILE)

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