Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

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Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we've tried to fix people.

Episodes

Sawbones: Vaseline  

Cold temperatures mean chapped lips and (for a lot of people) that might also mean Vaseline. But Vaseline is used for SO much more. Like way, way, way, way more. Join Dr. Sydnee and Justin as they talk about one of the most useful things ever invented.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Cranberries  

To celebrate American Thanksgiving, Dr. Sydnee and Justin example the medical history of that beleaguered holiday treat: The humble cranberry.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Chicken Pox  

This week on Sawbones, we celebrate the everyday heroism of The Last Chicken Pox Generation. Also, Dr. Sydnee and Justin share your best chicken pox stories.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Your Medical Questions, Answered!  

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin help provide you with the answers to all the medical questions you can muster, everything from knocking people out in action movies to tastebud inflamation.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Frankberry Stool  

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin delve into what may just be history's oddest actual medical diagnosis: Frankenberry stool.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Ghostwatch  

A lot of folks like scary movies around Halloween time, but what happens when "spooked out" becomes "legitimate medical condition"? This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin tell the story of a movie that might have gone too far.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Medical Games  

Dr. Sydnee hands the wheel over to Justin this week as he returns to his medical media series with a history of medical video games. Learn how meteors gave all dinosaurs asthma and so much more! 

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Pellagra  

Immigrants get the job done, and that extends to curing a mysterious disease once blamed on everything from bad corn to summertime. This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin introduce you to the doc who cracked the case.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

 

Sawbones: Hemorrhoids  

Justin is not the hero Dr. Sydnee needs, but he's the one we all deserve. Because he's finally willing to admit the dark secret he's kept hidden for so long.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Laughter  

Is laughter really the best medicine? No! Medicine is. The history of how we arrived at that conclusion is the subject of this week's Sawbones.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Pneumonia  

If you've paid even passing attention to the American presidential race, you've probably heard a lot of talk about pneumonia recently. This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin try to provide some historical perspective.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Dental Hygiene  

Do you really need to floss? Have you been taking your chew stick for granted? Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore those and other pressing questions in exploration of the history of dental hygiene.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: EpiPen  

How did a journey that began with Prince Albert hunting for jellyfish on a cruise end with one of the biggest calamities in prescription drug history? Join Justin and Sydnee for the story of the EpiPen.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

 

Sawbones: The Royal Fistula Fad  

Celebrities have started some pretty weird fads, but perhaps none are weirder than the one started by King Louis XIV, who made it cool ... to have a fistula. Join Justin and Dr. Sydnee for this very special episode.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Doping  

We're continuing to celebrate the Summer Olympics by presenting all the weird, terrible, horrid way athletes have tried to cheat their way to winning over the years. From donkey hooves to guinea pig sperm, it's ... it's a weird one.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Cupping  

Olympic athletes swear by it, but what really is the science behind cupping? Dr. Sydnee and Justin are looking into it, and the answer might (but probably won't) surprise you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Arsenic  

It's poison! It's medicine! It's both! ... OK, so it's mainly poison, but it hasn't always been that way. Join Justin and Dr. Sydnee for a brief tour of medical arsenic.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Aloe  

Sure, it may seem like a magical plant, but just how helpful is that big bottle of green goo on your shelf? This week: Dr. Sydnee and Justin present the medical history of aloe.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

 

Sawbones: Tea  

We're throwing a Boston Tea Party of our own as we explore the strange history of medical tea live from Boston's historic Wilbur Theater.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Goofy Medical Questions Vol. 3  

Is it really so bad to pop pimples? Can you cut the mold off food and eat it? Is it fatal to hold in a sneeze? These questions and so many more are answered on our latest Q&A episode!

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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