11 episodes

A podcast of stories, conjecture, and the human body.

Humans have been trying to make sense of the world around them for millennia by telling stories, which have endured today as myths, folklore, and even fairy tales. Anatomyth explores these stories and their potential grain of medical truth, trying to find a correlation between the stories from our past and what we know about the human body today.

Anatomyth Audrey

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A podcast of stories, conjecture, and the human body.

Humans have been trying to make sense of the world around them for millennia by telling stories, which have endured today as myths, folklore, and even fairy tales. Anatomyth explores these stories and their potential grain of medical truth, trying to find a correlation between the stories from our past and what we know about the human body today.

    10: In the Dead of Night

    10: In the Dead of Night

    In this episode, I revisit nightmare creatures, particularly those that are native to Southeast Asia. Then, join me as I explore a syndrome called SUNDS (Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome), its history,, and what we know about it so far.

    This episode's ad features Lactucarium, an extract from wild lettuce that was used by the Ancient Egyptians and much alter introduced as a drug to Europe and north America.
    If you like the show, please leave a review and help spread the word! You can find Anatomyth on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and you can reach me at audrey@anatomyth.com. 
    Website: anatomyth.com

    • 28 min
    9: Smells Like Teen Spirit

    9: Smells Like Teen Spirit

    Garlic is best known for its protective properties against vampires, but in this episode, I talk about the protection it affords against other creatures of folklore, the healing properties ascribed to it through out history, and the health benefits hat have been proven by research. I also theorise a little bit about why vampires don't like garlic.
    If you like the show, please leave a review and help spread the word! You can find Anatomyth on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and you can reach me at audrey@anatomyth.com. 
    Website: anatomyth.com
    Today's ad is for Mummy Powder, a powder made from ground up embalmed corpses, and once believed to have many healing properties

    • 31 min
    8: Painless

    8: Painless

    An island of eternal youth and painlessness, a man who wants to get there, and another who wants to leave.
    Then, I explore Congenital Insensitivity to Pain, a very rare condition where people don't feel any pain. I delve into its development, how to diagnose it, and the treatments available.
    This episode's ad is for Dwale, a pretty common medieval anaesthetic that may have killed many.

    • 31 min
    7: Play It By Ear

    7: Play It By Ear

    In this month's episode, I talk about a town that lost all its children as a result of not paying a freelance tradesman, and also their own negligence. I explore theories on the real life events behind the Pied Piper tale, and go over the process of hearing in an attempt to discover why children can hear pitches of sound that adults can't.
    The ad is for jars to store your farts in, which is a 17th century cure for the plague.

    • 35 min
    6: Now Pull

    6: Now Pull

    Two stories of snaring the sun: one to keep it in the sky for longer, and the other to prevent it from rising. In both cases, the snare was made of hair, and I explore the uses of hair in the fields of construction, performance art, and medicine.
    Today's ad is for RadiThor: an 'energy drink' containing radium, which was sold until the late 1920's.

    If you like the show, please leave a review and help spread the word! You can find Anatomyth on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and you can reach me at audrey@anatomyth.com.
    Website: anatomyth.com

    • 28 min
    5: Free Labor

    5: Free Labor

    This month's episode is about a revenge story that I can (mostly) get behind, and a pain-relief method that we're not too sure actually relieves pain, but can cause pain perfectly well.
    The ad is for eagle-stones, which were once used to aid mothers in childbirth.

    If you like the show, please leave a review and help spread the word! You can find Anatomyth on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and you can reach me at audrey@anatomyth.com.
    Website: anatomyth.com

    • 32 min

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