71 episodes

Bedside Rounds is a storytelling podcast about medical history and medicine’s intersections with society and culture. Host Adam Rodman seeks to tell a few of these weird, wonderful, and intensely human stories that have made modern medicine.

Bedside Round‪s‬ Adam Rodman, MD, MPH, FACP

    • Medicine
    • 4.8 • 337 Ratings

Bedside Rounds is a storytelling podcast about medical history and medicine’s intersections with society and culture. Host Adam Rodman seeks to tell a few of these weird, wonderful, and intensely human stories that have made modern medicine.

    60 - Santa's Salmonella

    60 - Santa's Salmonella

    For a special holiday treat, we’re going to explore two tales of salmonella disease detectives -- the first about Mary Mallon (“Typhoid Mary”) and the birth of the genre; and the second about a mysterious salmonella outbreak at Massachusetts General Hospital solved with the assistance of a very jolly patient. Along the way, we’ll talk about clinical epidemiology, the long-lasting influence of Berton Roueché, and the joys of being an internist!

    Conference: cmeregistration.hms.harvard.edu/digitale

    • 38 min
    59 - Cry of the Suffering Organs

    59 - Cry of the Suffering Organs

    Diagnosis is arguably the most important job of a physician. But what does it actually mean to make a diagnosis? In this episode, we’ll explore this question by tracking the development of the “classical” model of diagnosis and pathological anatomy and discussing three cases over three hundred years. Along the way, we’ll ponder the concept of the lesion, iatromechanistic theories of the human machine, the birth of the International Classification of Diseases, and the rise and decline of the autopsy.

    • 43 min
    The House of Pod: How medical podcasting made me a better doctor and educator … and how it might change the future of medical education for everyone

    The House of Pod: How medical podcasting made me a better doctor and educator … and how it might change the future of medical education for everyone

    In this episode, I talk about my podcasting journey -- how I started Bedside Rounds for inspiration during a low period in residency, how it changed me as a physician, and how it has changed my views about digital education and the future of medical education in general.

    We are hosting the first annual iMED conference in January (virtual this year, of course) -- the link is cmeregistration.hms.harvard.edu/digitaleducation to sign up!

    • 38 min
    58 - The Original (Antigenic) Sin

    58 - The Original (Antigenic) Sin

    The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the racial health disparities in the United States, with markedly increased mortality especially among Blacks and Native Americans. In this episode, Tony Breu and I discuss the conception of race, racism, and the social determinants of health through three historic plagues in the United States -- from yellow fever in New Orleans, to poliomyelitis, and finally the early days of HIV/AIDS -- and what lessons we can draw for COVID-19.

    • 55 min
    57 - The Second Wave

    57 - The Second Wave

    In August of 1918, a horrific second wave of the Spanish Flu crashed across the world. In this episode, the third of a four-part series exploring hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19, I’ll explore this single moment in time, through the mysterious origins of the Spanish Flu and historiographical controversies, scientific missions to mass burial sites in remote Alaskan villages, the ill-fated journey of the HMS Mantua, debates about how to count victims of a pandemic, and the mystery behind Pfeiffer’s bacillu

    • 45 min
    56 - La Grippe

    56 - La Grippe

    The 1889 Russian Flu was the first influenza pandemic in an increasingly globalized world. In this episode, the second of a two-parter on how hydroxychloroquine became a great hope in COVID-19, we’ll talk about how quinine became the standard of care for influenza. Along the way, we’ll discuss the astrological origins of the flu, conspiracy theories about previous global coronavirus outbreaks, the media panic over the Russian Flu, and first year law school cases about Carbolic Smoke Balls.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
337 Ratings

337 Ratings

jckrauss ,

Great stories, well told!!

This podcast creates a narrative around the work of being a physician. It explores medical knowledge in digestible snippets. I love hearing the stories of how we know what we believe. I look forward to Adam continuing on this journey of improving physician training!!

E.Sisley ,

Love this podcast

Dr. Rodman tells fascinating stories about the history and origins of medical practice in a way that is compelling, enjoyable, and easily palatable. Probably one of my favorite medical podcasts. 10 out of 10, would recommend!

Booboo Head ,

One of the Best

Of all the medical podcasts I subscribe to, this is one of the best. Interesting stories. Well laid out. Well produced and only one voice. Quality.

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