Dr. House tells his doctors to switch the medication of “his” patient once again, but this time the medications happen to be super-antibiotics that are poisonous to the body and could cause a lot of problems while treating the condition.  These problems could confuse the attending doctor.  Dr. Foreman puts up objections, but Dr. House does not budge.

1. What role should ethics play in extreme situations such as the one presented in this scene? Part of House’s justification is that “screwed up” situations sometimes require “screwed up” solutions. Is this true? Are there some ethical principles that should never be violated no matter how “screwed up” a situation might be?