35 episodes

Three modern emergency physicians take a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek quest through various stories in medical history. New episodes every two weeks. For questions or comments, check us out on social media or stop by our website where merchandise is available for fans of the show (info below).Website + Merch Store: https://www.poorhistorianspod.comTikTok: @poorhistorianspodInstagram & Facebook: @poorhistorianspodTwitter: @poor_historians

Poor Historians: Misadventures in Medical History Podcast Aaron, Max, and Mike

    • History
    • 5.0 • 41 Ratings

Three modern emergency physicians take a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek quest through various stories in medical history. New episodes every two weeks. For questions or comments, check us out on social media or stop by our website where merchandise is available for fans of the show (info below).Website + Merch Store: https://www.poorhistorianspod.comTikTok: @poorhistorianspodInstagram & Facebook: @poorhistorianspodTwitter: @poor_historians

    Episode 35 - Physician Serial Killer - Dr. Thomas Neill Cream (aka The Lambeth Poisoner)

    Episode 35 - Physician Serial Killer - Dr. Thomas Neill Cream (aka The Lambeth Poisoner)

    What was missing from this point in this podcast was a good true crime episode.  So here you go!  This is the story of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, a physician and serial killer that, despite his best efforts to NOT hide his crimes all that well, took way to long to be caught.  There is also speculation he may have been Jack the Ripper.  This is a dark and twisted tale that shows the Hippocratic oath is a suggestion, not a rule, for evil unscrupulous physicians.   


    Sources / Articles:
    https://www.canadashistory.ca/explore/politics-law/the-evil-deeds-of-dr-cream
    https://web.archive.org/web/20130806111409/http://www.murderbygaslight.com/2010/08/lambeth-poisoner.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Neill_Cream

    Podcast Merch:
    https://www.teepublic.com/user/poor-historians-podcast

    • 58 min
    Episode 34 - Princess Diana - A Historic Case in Trauma Surgery

    Episode 34 - Princess Diana - A Historic Case in Trauma Surgery

    While we’re usually reaching far into the past on this show, this week’s episode will feature a discussion of the tragic death of Princess Diana.  We’ll focus on the details of the case from the standpoint of physicians doing trauma care in the modern day.  We’ll question as to whether the outcome might have changed given modern technology or different circumstances.  Though the general story is well known to many of us, this was the first time we, as emergency physicians, had really considered the details of this historic, albeit relatively recent and still compelling case.

    Note: This episode was pre-recorded and released coincidentally hours in advance of the news that Queen Elizabeth II had died.   We feel the subject material discussed here is of merit but would also like to acknowledge the day's event and offer sympathies to our UK listeners.

    • 57 min
    Episode 33 - Anaphylaxis, Adrenaline, and the Invention of the Autoinjector Epinephrine Pen

    Episode 33 - Anaphylaxis, Adrenaline, and the Invention of the Autoinjector Epinephrine Pen

    We are joined by special guest educator Patrick Kelly on this collaborative episode.  Here we'll talk about severe allergic reactions and how early discoveries in the treatment of such led to a revolutionary life-saving technology: the auto-injector pen.  Commonly known as an Epipen, this little bit of medical marvel was the culmination of a fascinating story of discovery involving a tropical voyage, stinging marine life, self-treatment on the battlefields of World War II, and many scientists stumbling onto the right answers.

    Guest Bio: Patrick Kelly
    With a masters in exercise physiology and a pension for teaching medical history as well as anatomy and physiology, Patrick has created an impressive body of online educational content on the subject.  He features many stories on medical history too.  He was an intern at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, writing and researching videos for their channel.  You may find a body of his work on his main YouTube channel, Corporis along with multiple well researched and well produced videos on topics in Medical History. 

    Youtube Links:
    Medical History Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PatrickKellyMedicalHistory
    Epipen Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ax-MpVfrTI
    Corporis Channel (Anatomy and Physiology): https://www.youtube.com/c/Corporis

    Social Media Links:
    Instagram: @patkellyteaches 
    Twitter:  @PatKellyTeaches
    TikTok: @patkellyteaches

    • 52 min
    Episode 32 - Bier, Balls, & Cocaine: The Origin Story of Spinal Anesthesia.

    Episode 32 - Bier, Balls, & Cocaine: The Origin Story of Spinal Anesthesia.

    Not all of the ideas a person has while under the influence of drugs and alcohol are winners. There are exceptions, however.  This is a fascinating story about the discovery of a revolutionary anesthetic technique all thanks to two inebriated German physicians playing around with spinal taps, hammers, and self-experimentation in the 1890's.  

    It gets weird.

    • 38 min
    Episode 31 - A Tale of Cows and Presidential Coronaries: A Wisconsin Medical History Story

    Episode 31 - A Tale of Cows and Presidential Coronaries: A Wisconsin Medical History Story

    This episode features a special guest!   We welcome Erik and Russ, the hosts of the Wisconsin Drunk History Podcast to the show to share in this unexpectedly far-reaching homegrown tale.

    We'll dive into the story of how moldy hay, hemorrhaging livestock, and a literal bucket of blood helped a University of Wisconsin Biochemist discover a medicine that would go on to help a then sitting president recover from his heart attack.


    Wisconsin Drunken History Podcast website: https://www.wisconsindrunkenhistory.com/
    Instagram: @wisconsin_drunken_history
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinDrunkenHistory/

    Topic Sources:
    -https://www.nature.com/articles/nrcardio.2017.172.pdf?origin=ppub
    -https://www.hellenicjcardiol.org/archive/full_text/2014/2/2014_2_89.pdf
    -https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2031046 (Eisenhower’s Heart Attack)
    -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK559896/

    • 50 min
    Episode 30 - U.S. Civil War Ambulance Corps

    Episode 30 - U.S. Civil War Ambulance Corps

    This week's episode features a special guest collaboration!  Kyle Dalton, from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine joined us on the show to talk about the origins of ambulance service.  Believe it or not, figuring out how to safely extract wounded soldiers was not a high priority at the time of the U.S. Civil War.  Fortunately, we'll talk about how that situation did improve.  

    Guest Bio: 
    Featured Historian: Kyle Dalton
    A graduate with honors from the Catholic University of America, Kyle is currently the Membership and Development Coordinator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. He has twenty years of experience in museums as a public historian and educator. In his spare time, he writes and maintains the blog British Tars: 1740-1790 examining the lives of common sailors.
    National Museum of Civil War Medicine: https://www.civilwarmed.org/
    Letterman: https://www.civilwarmed.org/quick-facts/letterman/


    Blog: https://www.britishtars.com/

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Bluefishgaming ,

Love these guys!

What a bunch of goofballs. Super entertaining podcast!

Kckeeny ,

Smart and funny?

Great show, fun topics and good wit. I heard a KwikTrip reference meaning these guys may even be Wisconsinites.

Hockeygod9911 ,

An incredibly well balanced show

Im a huge fan of history and this show hits the mark on being informational, yet entertaining. Max, Aaron, and Mike balance each other out and work together to create humorous (when appropriate) skits and tangents about anything that always finds its way back to medicine. The first couple episodes you can tell they're new to the podcast world, but very quickly find their groove. I would put this podcast up against any big name show in quality.

If you enjoy light hearted educational entertainment, give this podcast a try.

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