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Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Author: Justin McElroy, Dr. Sydnee McElroy

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Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we've tried to fix people.
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AOA is a medical honors society that's supposed to separate top-tier medical students from the rest of the pack. It helps determine which doctors get the top jobs in the most competitive fields. The problem? There's implicit racism in the way it chooses members, and fixing it may be a massive challenge.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
OK, yes, this is an episode about medical research, but it's the sexiest medical research story you're ever going to hear. It's got scandal! It's got a detective! It's got a sentient robot equipped with anti-gravity technology!We'd type more here, but we have to assume you're already listening.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
If you received the typical, white-centric education, you probably associate the Black Panthers only with violence and political protest. This week on Sawbones, we talk about their work in medical research advocacy and creating public health programs that sought to make life better for all black and oppressed people. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
This week on Sawbones, we examine how Black Americans have received substandard care and fewer opportunities within the American medical system. Also, some guidance on how to protest as safely as possible in the face of COVID-19.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Fear that the government and doctors were allied in a grand conspiracy to oppress the populace was at a fever pitch. The people took to the streets to prove that they would not abide by quarantine, that they would defy the powers that be and go on about their daily lives.The year is 1831. The disease is cholera.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: COVID-19 Q&A

Sawbones: COVID-19 Q&A

2020-05-1755:435

It should come as no surprise that the Sawbones inbox has been chockablock with questions about the ongoing ... unpleasantness. This week, we're trying to group your COVID-19 queries in an orderly fashion and answer them to the best of our ability. Well, the best of Sydnee's ability. Justin just talks about dandruff shampoo. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Cabin Fever

Sawbones: Cabin Fever

2020-05-0851:156

Did you know that cabin fever isn't just the cooped-up funk we all find ourselves in? It's a real actual disease called typhus -- or at least, it used to be. It's confusing, we know, but this week we're gonna walk you through all the extremely gross details.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers 
Two doctors made headlines this week by trying to construct the narrative that the COVID-19 pandemic has been overblown by the hospital system in pursuit of more profits. This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explain why their numbers don't add up, and how you can combat this narrative if it, depressingly, sticks around.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
This week on Sawbones, we discuss Philadelphia's disastrous Fourth Liberty Loan Parade that helped reignite the 1918 influenza epidemic in the region. We'll also examine some other unnerving similarities between that century-old disaster and our current situation.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
This week on Sawbones, we dive into the backstory of Dr. Anthony Fauci, a beacon of hope and reason for so many in these troubling days. In the back half of the show, we also talk about a bunch of coronavirus bulls**t that you knew was bulls**t but we're gonna tell you anyway.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers1
There are some pushing hydroxychloroquine as a miracle treatment for COVID-19 in a way that should seem familiar (and a little scary) to long-time Sawbones listeners. This week, we'll talk about the long history of this medicine and why promoting it as a COVID-19 cure is so dangerous to those who already depend on it for other (actual scientifically-proven) uses.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
This week on Sawbones, it's the fascinating, inspiring and infuriating story of Ignaz Semmelweis. You'll learn how he discovered why it was so important for doctor's to wash their hands and why it took so long for doctors to believe him.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Masks

Sawbones: Masks

2020-03-3047:3111

The COVID-19 outbreak has recently pushed masks and other protective equipment into the forefront of the global conversation, especially as a shortage threatens medical professionals on the front lines. This week on Sawbones, how masks changed the world of medicine, and what happens when there aren't enough to go around. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Surprise! This week our medical history podcast is about the biggest medical history event in any of our lifetimes. Let's talk about home testing! Social distancing! And some reflections from Sydnee after a week at the hospital.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Once again, we're putting Justin at peril of being supremely yucked out by your weirdest medical queries: Should your pee smell so good? Why is your earwax that color? Why did your mom choose the name Fred for that blood-filled lump on her leg? Yup, it's a weird one, folks.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
This week on Sawbones, it's the story of how Yellow Fever killed 10 percent of Philadelphia, destroyed the government and made everyone rethink their collection of decorative standing water.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Quarantine

Sawbones: Quarantine

2020-03-0247:4218

For reasons we assume you can guess, we're discussing the history of quarantine, and how its historical misuse should make you particularly alert in the days and weeks to come as the world continues to combat COVID-19. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
We love grave robbers on Sawbones and ... well, that came out wrong. We don't have a particular affinity for today's grave robbers, but they've played an important role in medical research and ... we're still defending grave robbers, aren't we? OK, listen. Let's start over. This is an episode about a really bad grave robber.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Sawbones: Laudable Pus

Sawbones: Laudable Pus

2020-02-1738:256

This week on Sawbones, it's the truly embarrassing story of why we spent several centuries thinking it was important for us to make wounds as pus-filled as possible. There's no nice way of saying it folks: This is a gross one. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
This week on Sawbones, things are getting hot! Well, no, come to think of it, they’re doing the opposite. They’re getting colder. And by “they” we mean “we.” We’re getting colder, all of us. Probably. What should you do about it? Nothing. For now, you’ll just have to -- wait for it -- chill.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
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Ileleana

i tried really hard but hearing about drinking oil made me nauseuos lol i'm probably gonna have to go find the transcript to see what this one was about lol

Jun 24th
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Teresa Ellis

Well, at least the melted skull would relieve the pressure caused by any brain hemorrhaging. 🤢

Jun 22nd
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Wulffhardt

Only 8 confirmed cases in the US and 305 deaths. Oh those were the days. Also it was definitely here and spreading like wild fire before we even had a confirmed case, right here in Washington state where I live. A woman I work with got really sick in early JANUARY (remember, there's like, a 2 week incubation period) and the doctors, for the life of them, could not figure out what was wrong. She got better and when she went in to get tested because she was like "hey the symptoms sound a lot like what I had", surprise surprise, she had covid antibodies. And mind you this was barely a month ago because it's darn near impossible to get tested, especially in the rural US. As I said, she recovered, but has really bad lungs now.

Jun 19th
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Teresa Ellis

In high school, a friend of mine wrote horrorscopes for the school paper. They were great fun to read. To give you an idea of what they were like, imagine if Weird Al wrote horoscopes. 😄

Jun 12th
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Teresa Ellis

The more you describe it the more it sounds like magic spells. I feel bad for people who are driven to this form of medicine, because they don't trust real, science based medicine or they don't feel they aren't being helped by it.

Jun 11th
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BC

cholera riots sound awful.

Jun 9th
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ned perry

These guys are amazing. Listen to smart people.

Jun 5th
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Teresa Ellis

I was pregnant with my second child and my first child had delicate health at the time, so I stocked up so we wouldn't need to go out shopping during the worst of flu season. Unfortunately, I miscalculated how many diapers my first child would go through, so we went to ONE store and came back with the stomach flu! I'm just glad it wasn't influenza or we would have been at the hospital, not miserable at home, puking our guts out. Small blessings? 🤔 Anyways, the point is, it only takes one unlucky encounter to get infected with a nasty germ.

Jun 3rd
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A Gannon

Thank you for this.

Jun 1st
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Teresa Ellis

My chickens have the cutest sneezes and I can usually tell which of my four chickens sneezed by sound.

May 29th
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Teresa Ellis

And in a few months we will be in another "middle of medical history". I wonder what is going on in the teen vaping scene now. I wonder if some of the possible vaping injuries going on now are mistaken for Covid infections?

May 29th
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Abby

this was great 💜

May 18th
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Anthony DeLorenzo

my favorite thing about typhus is that in italian soccer fans (tifosi) are named after it

May 16th
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Jess Hart

One of the greats.

May 7th
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Rodney White

I have enjoyed this podcast. However, it drives me nuts when I hear the flu comparison to covid19. I agree with your opinion but statistically the flu deaths are combined death from..the flu. influenza like illnesses (which are quite a few) and pneumonia. I know a person dies from complications started by influenza. The statistics are horrible to lump together and call it flu deaths when the death may not have been the flu.

May 6th
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Karen Glazar

Thank you for the shout out to coders! I finally feel appreciated!

May 2nd
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Ruth hoskins

each episode becomes my new favorite 😍

Apr 30th
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Natasha Nootchtai

Kepler.

Apr 21st
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Andi-Roo Libecap

I appreciate @Sawbones keeping us educated during/ about the pandemic. In times of crisis it's comforting to turn to old friends/ reliable sources for current info. TY @sydneemcelroy + @JustinMcElroy for carrying on!

Apr 20th
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Eline W

You laugh about 5G conspiracy theories but people have fr been setting phone masts on fire here :') wild times

Apr 17th
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