House’s “Failure to Communicate” failed to communicate correctly about aphasia

My wife would like me to point out that unlike the depiction of aphasics in House MD‘s latest episode, A Failure to Communicate (aired a week ago in the US), they do not usually communicate in code. The words they substitute tend not to be related to the replaced words until at least six months after they first get the condition and even then, only infrequently.

More importantly, they tend to have comprehension issues as well, so they can’t understand what’s being said to them. Those two complaints combined tend to knacker the whole episode in fact.

Damn. That’s ruined my faith in Sherlock Holmes Gregory House, now.

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  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.