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Our health care system is broken. Can crowdsourced medical shows fill the void?

LOS ANGELES - If one thing remains true in the rapidly changing world of television, it's that viewers love a medical mystery. The Patient With the Obscure Ailment That Baffles Physicians has been a fixture on hospital dramas for as long as they've existed. Unexplained illnesses fueled eight seasons of the Fox series "House," which starred Hugh Laurie as a brilliant but misanthropic diagnostician, not to mention countless daytime talk show segments and sensational reality series on cable.

Two new shows, "Diagnosis" on Netflix and "Chasing the Cure" on TNT/TBS, put a new spin on the age-old question "What's ailing me, doc?" by using crowdsourcing to diagnose people suffering from unexplained illnesses.

While the shows differ dramatically in tone, style and format, both operate from the same basic assumption: that finding an answer for these patients means bucking standard medical practice and presenting their cases to a mass audience. Premiering within weeks of each other, the shows arrive

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