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Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Justin McElroy

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Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Justin 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.

Latest Episodes

Sawbones: The Weight of the Human Soul

An introspective moment on Sawbones this week as we meet the doctor who devoted his life to discovering the weight of the human soul. NOTE: This episode contains discussions of mortality, both human and animal.

40 MIN5 d ago
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Sawbones: The Weight of the Human Soul

Systemic Racism in Medical Honors

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.

50 MIN1 w ago
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Systemic Racism in Medical Honors

Sawbones: COVID-19 and Bad Data

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.

44 MIN3 w ago
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Sawbones: COVID-19 and Bad Data

Sawbones: The Black Panthers and Public Health

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.

40 MINJUN 6
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Sawbones: The Black Panthers and Public Health

Sawbones: Medical Racism and Protest Safety

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.

47 MINJUN 1
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Sawbones: Medical Racism and Protest Safety

Sawbones: The Cholera Riots

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.

44 MINMAY 23
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Sawbones: The Cholera Riots

Sawbones: COVID-19 Q&A

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.

52 MINMAY 18
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Sawbones: COVID-19 Q&A

Sawbones: Cabin Fever

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

48 MINMAY 9
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Sawbones: Cabin Fever

Sawbones: COVID Lies, Darned Lies and Statistics

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

51 MINMAY 2
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Sawbones: COVID Lies, Darned Lies and Statistics

Sawbones: The Most Dangerous Parade

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

49 MINAPR 25
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Sawbones: The Most Dangerous Parade

Latest Episodes

Sawbones: The Weight of the Human Soul

An introspective moment on Sawbones this week as we meet the doctor who devoted his life to discovering the weight of the human soul. NOTE: This episode contains discussions of mortality, both human and animal.

40 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Sawbones: The Weight of the Human Soul

Systemic Racism in Medical Honors

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.

50 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Systemic Racism in Medical Honors

Sawbones: COVID-19 and Bad Data

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.

44 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Sawbones: COVID-19 and Bad Data

Sawbones: The Black Panthers and Public Health

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.

40 MINJUN 6
Comments
Sawbones: The Black Panthers and Public Health

Sawbones: Medical Racism and Protest Safety

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.

47 MINJUN 1
Comments
Sawbones: Medical Racism and Protest Safety

Sawbones: The Cholera Riots

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.

44 MINMAY 23
Comments
Sawbones: The Cholera Riots

Sawbones: COVID-19 Q&A

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.

52 MINMAY 18
Comments
Sawbones: COVID-19 Q&A

Sawbones: Cabin Fever

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

48 MINMAY 9
Comments
Sawbones: Cabin Fever

Sawbones: COVID Lies, Darned Lies and Statistics

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

51 MINMAY 2
Comments
Sawbones: COVID Lies, Darned Lies and Statistics

Sawbones: The Most Dangerous Parade

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

49 MINAPR 25
Comments
Sawbones: The Most Dangerous Parade
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