Man's Life Saved Because His Doctor Watched "House"
An unidentified, 55 year old German man with severe heart failure, fever, deafness, blindness, and enlarged lymph nodes was unable to be diagnosed for his conditions by a handful of doctors. Until he had a visit with Dr. Juergen Schaefer, who was able to diagnose the man's conditions within five minutes of watching an episode of House.
Shaefer was reminded of an episode of House where a woman (played by Candice Bergen) suffers from heart failure due to cobalt poisoning from her hip joint replacement. The German man ended up having the same condition from a hip joint replacement, as well.
Shaefer has been known for teaching his medical students about rare diseases using examples from the fictional TV show for years, and has even written a book on how to apply House to real-life medical practice entitled Housemedizin: Die Diagnosen von "Dr. House."