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Aug162019

If Netflix docu-series "Diagnosis" is a “mystery story,” Dr. Lisa Sanders is Sherlock Holmes

Courtesy of Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Her popular New York Times Magazine column, “Diagnosis,” inspired the global hit TV show House. Now, Dr. Lisa Sanders is bringing her own show to the small screen.

Diagnosis, a docu-series debuting today on Netflix, takes patients straight out of Sanders’ column and opens them up to the power of crowdsourcing in order to determine the elusive causes of their mysterious illnesses.

“Some of the time, it's not like a math problem. It's Sherlock Holmes,” Sanders says about certain medical cases. “It's a mystery story…Clues have to be followed up and you have to have suspects and red herrings and all that kind of stuff, and I loved that.”

The first episodeof Diagnosis features a young woman with unexplained debilitating muscle pain.  Other patients include a six-year-old girl with localized seizures and a man who experiences deja vu before passing out.

Sanders says the show shines a light on "the emotional uncertainty, the physical uncertainty, the economic uncertainty" these patients go through.

Diagnosis isn’t the only show out right now that’s using a crowdsourcing method to try to get people well. Ann Curry hosts Chasing the Cure, a live medical mystery show airing on TNT and TBS. Does this mean crowdsourcing could be the future of medicine?

"I hope not," Sanders laughs. "That would put me out of a job! But I think for patients, it already is. I mean, that future is already now."

In addition to the Netflix series, Sanders’ new book, a collection of some of her best columns, Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries, is out now.

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