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The remarkable true story of the real House, M.D., a maverick surgeon and innovative outsider adored by those he cured, revered by those he trained, and reviled by a powerful medical establishment The brightest star in a family of medical pioneers, William F. House, M.D. was a giant in the field of 20th century medicine and yet remains virtually unknown. He was a genius, but barely managed to make it through school. He pioneered microsurgery, operating room video technology, and ground breaking surgical techniques, only to be met with opposition and scorn from much of the medical establishment. He invented the cochlear implant, yet was accused by his peers of human experimentation and derided by many within the deaf culture. With his brother Howard, he helped build the world famous House Ear Institute, crossed paths with Richard Nixon, John Ford, John Wayne, astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Ronald Reagan, Pope Paul VI, and other historical figures, only to fade into obscurity. He amassed millions of dollars in his lifetime, yet lived out his final years in a trailer on the outskirts of Eugene, Oregon. The Unreasonable Man is the tragic and triumphant story of a determined surgeon who refused to accept the world as it was and gave up everything he had so that the deaf could hear.
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