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Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine


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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.

Customer Reviews

These two...

I could listen to these two talk about anything. Their adorable rapport and complementary senses of wit combine for excellent results.

One episode in, and it is already my favourite source of edutainment. I highly recommend.


I love the concept of this podcast, and the hosts Dr. Sydnee and Justin are sweet and entertaining. But after a few episodes I was totally turned off by the the knee-jerk ridicule heaped on "historical" treatments of disease. Dr. Sydnee (and by proxy Justin) has an attitude that is depressingly familiar in medical doctors: an uncritical acceptance of positivism and the myth of "progress". This makes her her miss moments when, for instance, our ancestors showed insight into the transmission of infection, like when medievals drained and cauterized rabies bites or regularly culled dog populations (yes it's cruel, but it actually WOULD have the effect of slowing the transmission of rabies to people). A recent Radiolab episode on antibiotics shows that there was more to ancient medicine than is popularly credited. To be clear: I'm not saying that non-scientific practices are "better" than modern medicine--but dismissing them out of course is just intellectual laziness.

A few goofs and a lot of medicine

If you like medicine and/or laughter, this will be your jam. Listen to an actual doctor (Sydnee Mcelroy) reveal the rediculous historical moments of medicine to an equally hillarious Justin Mcelroy. Happy to add this to my weekly listening schedule.