It's not difficult to build a case that the federal government shutdown was just one more straw on the camel's back for medical research and innovation in the United States.
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Despite the growing sophistication and promise of health care technology research, fewer and fewer breakthrough ideas are finding their way out of research institutions and into the hands of experienced clinicians.
The kind of medicine practiced by Dr. House on and his colleagues on TV is actually the kind of medicine seriously ill patients need. But, that would never work in the real world.
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