90 episodes

Three modern emergency physicians and their show's "medical history intern" take a lighthearted, humorous  quest through various stories in the history of medicine.  New episodes every two weeks and a bonus episode once per month.  Topics span from ancient times to relatively recent history, all related to important advancements, people, or discoveries in the history of medicine.To provide feedback, check out merch, and to support the show in other ways, head on over to our website: www.poorhistorianspod.com

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

    • History
    • 4.8 • 81 Ratings

Three modern emergency physicians and their show's "medical history intern" take a lighthearted, humorous  quest through various stories in the history of medicine.  New episodes every two weeks and a bonus episode once per month.  Topics span from ancient times to relatively recent history, all related to important advancements, people, or discoveries in the history of medicine.To provide feedback, check out merch, and to support the show in other ways, head on over to our website: www.poorhistorianspod.com

    The Resident Episode 2: Medical TV Show Roast

    The Resident Episode 2: Medical TV Show Roast

    We said that episode one of this TV series was bad, medically and critically speaking. Maybe that's not fair. It was a pilot, after all. We went ahead and checked out episode 2. It was worse. ----- Patreon Page (support the show) -----Submit a Question for Non-Medical Advice Segment (website form with instructions)-----Podcast Linktree (social media links / reviews / ratings)-----DrMqx (follow Dr. Max on Twitch)

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Green Tongue Epidemic in Post World War II Japan

    The Green Tongue Epidemic in Post World War II Japan

    When a mysterious gastrointestinal illness starts turning into a dangerous neurologic disease accompanied by green tongues in post WWII Japan, researches scramble to find out why people are becoming sick. We'll do a deep dive on this one to figure out the cause.Sources:-https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-cure-is-cause-180967666/-https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15152488/-https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC478909/?page=1-https://newint.org/features/1981/01/01/devils-ht...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Discovery of Viagra (aka Sildenafil) With a History of Erectile Dysfunction and Priapism Treatments

    The Discovery of Viagra (aka Sildenafil) With a History of Erectile Dysfunction and Priapism Treatments

    From the discovery of this well-known medication, to the science behind its function, and spanning all the way to treatments for the underlying condition of erectile dysfunction as well as a complication of said treatments called priapism, this episode covers a lot of ground. As you might imagine, there will be discussions of male genitalia, the existence of sex, and sexual health in this one, as written by Dr. Mike and presented in Poor Historians Podcast fashion. Listener discretion i...

    • 53 min
    The Resident: A Poor Historians Medical TV Show Breakdown & Review

    The Resident: A Poor Historians Medical TV Show Breakdown & Review

    The Patrons have spoken! They suggested we lend our medical expertise in a new and unique manner, by watching, reacting, and reviewing a popular medical show. We chose "The Resident" and boy-oh-boy was it bad. Whether you're a fan of that particular show or have yet to see it, this episode will let you experience all it's medically inaccurate glory through the eyes of your favorite amateur medical historian doctors and their intrepid medical history intern. #medicalshow #medicine #t...

    • 1 hr 35 min
    President Cleveland's Secret Surgery (With Presidencies of the United States Podcast)

    President Cleveland's Secret Surgery (With Presidencies of the United States Podcast)

    We invited Jerry Landry, host of the exceptional Presidencies of the U.S. Podcast onto the show today to help us discuss the clandestine surgery at sea that was done on President Grover Cleveland in the late 1800's. It was kind of a big deal.Listen to the end to hear a teaser on the upcoming Patron inspired TV show review. We'll talk about it after our bonus content with Jerry at the end of this episode.Go check out the Presidencies of the United States Podcast wherever you get your podcasts ...

    • 55 min
    Charles Darwin, Kissing Bugs, and Chagas Disease

    Charles Darwin, Kissing Bugs, and Chagas Disease

    Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist of the 19th century, was a big fan of collecting specimens. Some of those specimens would crawl around and feed on one's blood. In this episode we'll talk about the life of Darwin and the medical history of his death, considering that a fascinating infectious disease may have been a contributing factor.Sources: Historical Clinicopathological Conference:-https://archive.hshsl.umaryland.edu/bitstream/handle/10713/6862/Darwin_2011.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowe...

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Howlindawgs ,

Emergency Physician Approved

Like the hosts of this podcast, I’m an emergency physician. The first episode that I listened to was the review of the show “The Resident” pilot episode and I couldn’t stop laughing. I’ll confess that I’m a huge medical history nerd and this podcast is both fascinating and hysterically funny. Some of the skits do tend to be extremely goofy, but I overall enjoy it greatly, especially when non-EP Alba’s reactions are included, and it even serves as a useful review of arcane med school stuff (Giemsa stain? Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia?? I cannot say this without cracking up laughing) I must give it the highest praise you can hear from a surgeon: Strong work, guys.

ICUgrump ,

Such a great show!

The giggles in the Typhoid Mary episode…made me snort multiple times and laugh out loud to myself as per usual. You guys rule. Awesome show. Keep it coming, you are entertaining this hag of a ICU nurse!

Meyoko the 55th ,

Eww

I’m a PT, married to an internal medicine doctor, and am a total science geek and a total history nerd, so thought this podcast would be interesting. I couldn’t get past the first 10 minutes of two different episodes because of the inane, unserious discussions. The 20 or so minutes I made it through sounded like jaded docs yukking it up over beers. Nvm.

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