Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Philadelphia is home not only to the most recent Sawbones live show, but also one of the world's most unusual museums -- The Mutter Museum -- a collection of medical oddities and anatomical specimens. But this is no freak show, this is an unflinching, educational look at the disturbingly beautiful and beautifully disturbing side of medicine. This is the Sawbones promised land.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones195MutterMuseum.mp3
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The man who (maybe) inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein didn't just try to breathe life into corpses. He also invented a medicine so toxic it was used in chemical warfare. Also, a kind of blue! This is all real. We swear.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones194Dippel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

If you've got a few decades on you, you've certainly started to notice a few of the telltale signs of aging. Well, not YOU, of course. YOU look great, but like, your friends and stuff. This week, Justin and Dr. Sydnee explore the incredible array of bizarre treatments for wrinkles.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones193Wrinkles.mp3
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This week, special guest Laura Kate Dale joins Dr. Sydnee and Justin for a (very) incomplete history of gender confirmation. We hope you'll join us too!

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: SawbonesGenderConfirmationA.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

Why is there iodine in salt? What takes the place of a removed organ? Can you ... actually, that one is too gross to put here. Join Dr. Sydnee and Justin as they take on your weird medical questions even ... that last one.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

 

Direct download: Sawbones191MedicalQs.mp3
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This week, we conclude our series on "conversion therapy" with the religious aspect of this horrific "treatment."

Trigger Warning: The treatments used in these "therapies" were upsetting, and those sensitive to hearing about them may wish to avoid this episode.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

 

Direct download: Sawbones190ConversionTherapyPart2.mp3
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This week, we're honoring Pride Month and the LGBTQ community with an exploration of the disturbing history of conversion therapy. 

Trigger Warning: The treatments used in these "therapies" were upsetting, and those sensitive to hearing about them may wish to avoid this episode.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones189ConversionTherapy01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

Tattoos (usually) look cool, but did you know they've also been used throughout history to treat illness? It's true! This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore the history of medicinal tattoos.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones188Tattoos.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Live from Austin, Texas, it's ... well, it's one of the grossest episodes Justin and Dr. Sydnee have ever recorded. So, sorry about that. Anyway, let's talk about The Clap!

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones187TheClap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

We mentioned him in our last episode, but Vivien Thomas deserves his own episode. Join Dr. Sydnee and Just as they explore the life of the high-school educated grandson of slaves that changed the face of surgery.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Direct download: Sawbones186VivienThomas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT