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Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we've tried to fix people.

Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine Maximum Fun

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    • 4.8 • 13.1K Ratings

Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we've tried to fix people.

    Black Lung Disease

    Black Lung Disease

    As any proud West Virginian knows, the history of mining in the United States is tied tightly to the history of the labor movement. This was partially to address something known as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease. Though unions may have won the battle for recognition, the war against this disease continues to this day.

    • 42 min
    COVID Variants and Guns for Vaccines

    COVID Variants and Guns for Vaccines

    You might have heard about the COVID variants that have some people worried, and how effective the current vaccine will be against them. But not to worry, we’ve got the sweet sweet data from the Lancet, and some good news regarding the (specifically Pfizer) vaccine. And if you haven’t gotten a vaccine yet, maybe a car or lotto ticket will motivate you. Or a gun?

    • 52 min
    The Parasite Delusion

    The Parasite Delusion

    Last week, we talked about if eating papaya seeds could rid your body of parasites (spoiler: it can’t). But being concerned about having parasites is not new. We continue the conversation by looking into the phenomenon of Ekbom’s syndrome, or delusional parasitosis, a difficult disorder to both manage and treat.

    • 38 min
    Papaya Seeds and Parasites

    Papaya Seeds and Parasites

    TikTok is where the kids are getting all their information on new new wellness trends, so Dr Sydnee decided to check one that’s been popping up a lot: eating Papaya seeds. The main claim is that the seeds awesomely force parasitic worms out of your body – worms you didn’t even know you had! But is there a SEED of truth in these claims?

    • 38 min
    Revenge of the Sawbones Quiz

    Revenge of the Sawbones Quiz

    Test your medical history knowledge from this past year’s episodes in the Super Secret Sawbones Quiz of Interesting Information to Inform and Enlighten and Entertain and Impress Your Friends 2021!

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    • 40 min
    Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

    Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

    For MaxFunDrive 2021, Sawbones is talking about gross medicine of a different sort. In the United States (and New Zealand) we see a lot of those commercials for prescription medicines with jaunty names and a full minute disclaimer at the end. How they came to be the norm here is a complicated history of bad medicine and the shifting of credence among doctors, patients, and pharmaceutical companies.

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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13.1K Ratings

13.1K Ratings

fallpartykate ,

A Great One

Informative and entertaining

lemontorpiggo ,

Love the show hate the theme song

Literally only complaint is the intro is too long and I hate the theme song. This doesn’t matter because I skip it anyway. Everything else is great! Love listening to this as a medical student.

chelseadreyer92 ,

Funny and informative

I don’t often laugh out loud when I’m listening to something by myself even if I think it’s funny but I find myself smiling and laughing on a regular basis when I listen to Sawbones. Justin’s voice and delivery of his jokes and bits gets me every time. Sydney is witty, informative, and charmingly nerdy. They have a great dynamic, the show topics are interesting, and you get to learn a little something. I love it! I love Sydney and Justin as both a couple and podcast cohosts. It’s so nice to listen to something both entertaining and fact based in this time of “alternative facts” and “fake news”. Just listen to it, it’ll make your day.

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