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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.

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    • Comedy
    • 4.8 • 13.2K 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.

    Balto

    Balto

    Sawbones is finally doing the Balto episode! What happens when a remote town in Alaska has a diphtheria breakout, but their entire anti-toxin supply is expired? Call up Balto and the pack of hero dogs and mushers to make the harrowing journey.

    • 42 min
    Naloxone

    Naloxone

    Naloxone is known as the “life-saving drug,” since it can bring someone back from an opiate overdose. Dr. Sydnee goes through the history of this hero drug, how it works, and the recent struggle of keeping it accessible in some communities.

    Check out the Free Naloxone Day Fundraiser: Bit.ly/SawbonesNaloxone

    • 45 min
    Hot Medical Question Summer

    Hot Medical Question Summer

    It’s time to answer more of your medical queries, like what is Texidor’s Twinge, when does the sunscreen clock start, and yeast infections: why?

    • 42 min
    Jimmy Buffett

    Jimmy Buffett

    We recorded this episode live on the Joco Cruise 2020, where Dr. Sydnee dissects the medicine mentioned in the songs of Jimmy Buffett. What is recommend for “Island Fever”? What should Mr. Buffett be concerned about when eating that “Cheeseburger in Paradise”? And do the lyrics of “Frenchmen for the Night” mean he may have Jumping Frenchmen of Maine?

    • 44 min
    Physician Burnout

    Physician Burnout

    Workplace burnout is commonplace in the 21st century, but it’s a fairly recent idea. It’s especially insidious among physicians, who are taught that any fatigue is a sign of weakness. Dr. Sydnee shares her personal experience with exhaustion and what might be done to address this problem in the United States.

    • 46 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13.2K Ratings

13.2K Ratings

iliac crest ,

Informative, funny, well-researched, and relevant

One of my favourite podcasts. I appreciate the blend of expertise (from Dr. Sydnee), humour (from Dr. Sydnee and Mr. Justin 😉), and compassion (also in spades from both).

I am a biologist with a current focus in anatomy/physiology and medical science, so I eagerly look forward to each new episode as my “treat” for the week. I’ve wholeheartedly recommended Sawbones to colleagues and students for its approachability (an entertaining listen for laypeople) and the quality of its scientific content (so biologists and folks in the medical field will always have fun “lightbulb” moments, too).

A very small count of past reviewers (whether or not they have been actual listeners, or are merely trolls attempting to review-bomb a popular piece of media that they disagree with) have claimed that the podcast is “too political.” I heartily disagree: You cannot work in the medical field without being aware of & affected by current events, social climate and the inherent history of your patients’ existences.
Making bold statements like “all people deserve quality medical care” and “patients have received unequal treatment for factors beyond their control” and “COVID-19 exists” will only seem “”political”” to people who are privileged enough to not have been affected by these facts before. If you can usually afford to ignore a fact of the world, then having to confront it will always feel uncomfortable. (but remember that learning & change are essential to the human experience!)

I appreciate the earnest, thorough work put into creating this podcast. Dr. Sydnee truly throws the full force of her MD-earning research experience behind each topic, and it is evident in the continued quality of this program and in the episodes that have caused me to tear up (bleach and autism, medicine in Japanese-American concentration camps, physician burnout, and probably more). Thank you for Sawbones.

budgec ,

Love!

So much love for this show, especially with their recent focus on harm reduction. I’m a public health student and the opioid crisis and harm reduction are issues that are so important to me. Thrilled to hear Sydney and Justin covering the topic. I’ve been listening for a few years now and I really appreciate y’all embracing “controversial” issues and speaking up for science, covering difficult topics, all while still making me laugh

Bent Mattley ,

The Billie Eilish of Podcasts

Sonically wonderful, the content is great, but I can’t hear a darn thing that Justin is saying!! Speak up!

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