Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Justin McElroy, Dr. Sydnee McElroy

comedy, "health & fitness", history
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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Best Episodes

Sawbones: Clinical Trials

Dec 4, 2020

"The first recorded clinical trial featured lentils"



Dr. Sydnee and Justin have turned themselves into lab rats as they join a COVID-19 vaccine trial. But how did humanity discover the practices and policies that guide these sorts of human experiments? Listen and find out!Our primary source for this week's episode is this excellent article by Dr.Read more

Sawbones: The Man Behind the Knick

Nov 25, 2019

"I think we can all agree it’s a great idea to wash hands before performing surgery"


This week on the 300th (!) episode of Sawbones, meet William Halstead, the father of American surgery, the man who inspired Cinemax's The Knick and ... a great advocate for cocaine. Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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Sawbones: Osteopathic Medicine

Oct 16, 2020

"The founder of osteopathy on the future of medicine: fewer drugs & more prevention"


Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) have been thrust into the spotlight recently when one was tasked with caring for the world's most famous COVID-19 patient. Some even went so far as to dismiss the president's D.O. for those two letters following his name. But is that fair?This week onRead more

The U.S. Surgeon General

Feb 16, 2021

"The beginning of the US Surgeon General"

A new presidential administration means a new U.S. Surgeon General, so this week on Sawbones, we're examining exactly what that means. Are they a general? Why do they get to tell us what to do? And why do they care so much about sailor health?

Vaccine Questions and Answers

Dec 18, 2020

"What’s up with the covid vaccine and pregnant women?"

Vaccines are here! Vaccines are here! But wait ... aren't they ... rushed? Did you hear they might be ... tainted? Do they give you ... cheetah powers? Even if you believe in vaccines, it's normal to have some questions about them. So this week we'll be providing you with all the answers we have toRead more
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