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A Book and a Chat with Barbara Barnett

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A Book and a Chat

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To many people from England you mention the name "Hugh Laurie" and they think of the comedian, part of the double act with "Stephen Fry" as must for all the fabulous Black Adder TV series. In the US however like many other comedians Hugh Laurie" has made his name as an actor, being the face of "House MD".

 My guest on today's show Barbara Barnett knows all about that character, her book "Chasing Zebras" is a comprehensive and (hopefully) thought-provoking look at the hit TV show House, M.D.

The title of her book comes from an old medial axiom taught to medical students. When you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras—think common, not complex and rare. The television show’s central character is a zebra-chasing physician—he only treats extremely rare diseases.