Raising awareness of vasculitis takes many forms and for the past eight years, the VF has had assistance from House, M.D., an American television medical drama that debuted on the Fox network on November 16, 2004.
The show’s central character, Dr. Gregory House (played by Hugh Laurie), an unconventional and misanthropic medical genius, headed a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. Each episode, the team struggled to diagnose a seriously ill patient, suffering from a mysterious combination of symptoms.
In 44 different episodes, the physicians considered vasculitis as a possible diagnosis. The show featured Behcet’s, Buerger’s, central nervous system, Churg Strauss syndrome, cryoglobulinemia, giant cell arteritis, Henoch-Schönlein purpura, hypersensitivity vasculitis, Kawasaki, microscopic polyangiitis, polyarteritis nodosa, Takayasu’s arteritis and granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s).
Critically acclaimed for much of its run, House was among the top-10 rated shows in the United States from its second through its fourth season. Distributed to 66 countries, House was the most-watched television program in the world in 2008. The show has received several awards, including five Primetime Emmy® Awards, two Golden Globe® Awards, a Peabody Award, and nine People’s Choice Awards.
The show’s premise originated with Paul Attanasio; DavidShore, who is credited as creator, was primarily responsible for the conception of the title character. The show’s executive producers include Shore, Attanasio, Attanasio’s business partner Katie Jacobs, and film director Bryan Singer.
In 2006 the VF presented Mr. Shore with a plaque thanking him for increasing awareness of vasculitis.
Editor’s note: Many thanks to Denise Trachsel and Jim Bornac for compiling the list of shows.