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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 • 79 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: 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 #theresident #tvshowreview #humor



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    • 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 & follow Jerry Landry's work via his social media links below:

    Facebook: @presidencies
    Twitter/X: @presidencies89
    Instagram: @presidenciespodcast
    Threads: @presidenciespodcast


    Sources: 
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grover_Cleveland Wikipedia on Grover Cleveland, main articlehttps://lib.arizona.edu/hsl/materials/collections/secret-illness/cleveland University of Arizona website article on Cleveland’s surgeryhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdA5SPM3iWU PBS News Hour feature on the surgeryhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK441833/ Mohs Surgeryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina_Tosi Christina Tosi Wikipedia article, she’s an American treasurehttps://muttermuseum.org/ Mutter Museum webpagehttps://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/head-and-neck-cancer/risk-factors-and-prevention Cancer.net head and neck cancer risk factors and preventionhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5385680/ - Surgical cure rates (small study)https://columbiasurgery.org/news/2015/12/10/president-grover-cleveland-had-deadly-secret Another account from Columbia Surgery  -----
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    • 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&isAllowed=y
    -https://archive.hshsl.umaryland.edu/bitstream/handle/10713/6862/Darwin_Article_Pharos_2011.pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y
    Darwin’s Illness Theories
    -https://www.nsh.org/blogs/philip-bryant/2020/12/18/charles-darwin-and-the-silent-assassin
    -https://academic.oup.com/pmj/article/81/954/248/7031810
    -https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/014107688407700715
    Chagas Disease Overview
    -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6614205/
    -https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/chagas
    Chagas Nobel Controversy:
    -https://www.scielo.br/j/mioc/a/DWL3mJHHN8BwgrQdP7d4vjg/
    Darwin Biography:
    -https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/charles-darwin/
    Super Deep Dive into Chagas Immunology:
    -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3131057/

    #Chagasdisease #charlesdarwin #darwin #medicalhistory #history #infectiousdisease
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    • 53 min
    Death To Beauty: The Transformative History of Botox with Dr. Eugene Helveston (Book Biopsy)

    Death To Beauty: The Transformative History of Botox with Dr. Eugene Helveston (Book Biopsy)

    Botox, the widely popular injectable medication, has been on the market and popular for a while now. What you might not realize is that there's an intricate and fascinating story behind the discovery of Botox, a literal bacterial toxin.

    This episode welcomes physician and author, Dr. Eugene Helveston to the show to discuss his book, "Death to Beauty: The Transformative History of Botox," a comprehensive telling of the story of the development of this medication. It's a history he can tell as both a researcher and a clinical participant in the early days of Botox development.

    Get the Book HERE
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    • 51 min
    Napoleon's Narcissism: Discussing a Conqueror's Personality Disorder

    Napoleon's Narcissism: Discussing a Conqueror's Personality Disorder

    On this episode, Mike leads a discussion of the history of defining narcissistic personality disorder as a psychiatric diagnosis. Starting with Napoleon Bonaparte, and including other historical examples, we'll examine the diagnosis as defined through different perspectives in time.

    Enjoy this unique approach to this historic giant.

    Sources:
    -https://www.history.com/news/napoleon-bonaparte-downfall-reasons-personality-traits
    -https://www.grunge.com/208529/the-truth-about-napoleons-personality-disorder/
    -https://sunlightrecovery.com/personality-disorder-napoleon/
    -https://www.historicmysteries.com/history/napoleon-bonaparte/1404/
    -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder




    #Napoleon #medicalhistory #medicine #history #psychiatry
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    • 48 min
    The Stanford Prison Experiment: A Story of Problematic Behavioral Health Research

    The Stanford Prison Experiment: A Story of Problematic Behavioral Health Research

    Behavioral health is certainly within the bounds of medicine and, thereby, medical history. The Stanford Prison Experiment asked the question of whether the environment of prison compelled bad behavior from those within the system. In order to study this, this 1970's university psychology experiment went to extreme lengths to turn its research subjects (students) into faux prisoners and prison guards in the basement of the department's building. 

    It might not surprise you to find out that it did not go well. 

    Ethics in research are indeed important, as you'll appreciate after listening to this one.

    References:
    Wikipedia Page on the Stanford Prison Experiment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experimentPDF of original publication of the Stanford Prison Experiment: http://pdf.prisonexp.org/ijcp1973.pdfPsychology Today interview with Philip Zimbardo: https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/articles/200009/emperor-the-edgeWikipedia Page on Philip Zimbardo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_ZimbardoIncarceration Rates Reference: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/global/2021.html?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiAiP2tBhBXEiwACslfnvW5miAa1VS0WqISsYuBYwIY52hMWPMlcVUG3Kbs_xNgzE4pG2DAuxoC6gMQAvD_BwEFor further reading: The Milgram Experiment Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment“The Stanford Prison Experiment” website: https://www.prisonexp.org/New Yorker Magazine Column, ‘The Real Lessons of The Stanford Prison Experiment’: https://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/the-real-lesson-of-the-stanford-prison-experimentOne of many bootlegs on YouTube of a BBC documentary on the experiment containing actual video footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4txhN13y6AHawthorne Effect, wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawthorne_effectPDF of October 1971 Congressional Testimony by Zimbardo: http://pdf.prisonexp.org/congress.pdfPreprint of Haslam’s Article, “Identity Leadership in the Stanford Prison Experiment”, in press in American Psychologist: https://osf.io/preprints/psyarxiv/b7crx to avoid paywall, noted on PubMed here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31380665/#medicalhistory #medicine #history #podcast
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

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.

Endless student in the PNW ,

TLDR: history medicine hilarity

Three EM docs decided to make a medical history podcast and it’s turned out fabulously. Interesting topics? Check. Non-sequiturs? Check. Smatterings of utter nonsense? Triple checkity-check. And they wrote and sang their own theme song… Poor Historians really is superb. 5/5

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