Chase suggests some diseases caused by a lack of sunlight/Vitamin D deficiency, but none of them fit. Martha says maybe it was in the dirty drinking water the slaves got, since the crew, of course, got all the "clean" drinking water (let's face it -- that drinking water was not Brita quality. Better than what they gave the slaves though, I'm sure). "Scrofula," Martha suddenly says. The other Cottages look confused, either because they don't think that's a good diagnosis or they just don't know what scrofula is, as it is called cervical tuberculosis lymphadenitis today. I learned about scrofula once, although this was in a Medieval Europe history class. Supposedly, if a king touched your neck, you would be cured. I don't think that actually ever worked though, and there aren't any monarchs floating around New Jersey to try it anyway. But House likes this diagnosis, if not the annoying way Martha presented it to him. He calls Foreman out into the hallway and away from Martha the snitch to tell him they'll have to lie to the CDC to get access to Julie and test her for TB. Foreman heads down to the isolation wing and tells Broda that they have to test Julie for meningococcus right now or else she'll die before they get the smallpox results back. Broda's not buying it, and before Foreman can think of another lie, Julie's stepfather collapses. He says he just has a headache, but his eyes are all bloodshot and his nose is bleeding.
Episode Report CardSara M: B+ | 1407 USERS: C+
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