114 episodes

Explore the rich history of medicine, from the diseases that once plagued us, how the medicine we take for granted today came to be, and the curious characters and stories surrounding these topics. Updates every week, with breaks between seasons for additional research and planning. Our current topic: Pain. Episodes to resume in early October 2021! Past Season's topics: Season 1 - Antibiotics. Season 2 - Surgery/Anesthesia. Season 3 - Public Health. Season 4 - Mental Illness. Season 5 - Pain.

The History of Medicine Kirby Gong

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Explore the rich history of medicine, from the diseases that once plagued us, how the medicine we take for granted today came to be, and the curious characters and stories surrounding these topics. Updates every week, with breaks between seasons for additional research and planning. Our current topic: Pain. Episodes to resume in early October 2021! Past Season's topics: Season 1 - Antibiotics. Season 2 - Surgery/Anesthesia. Season 3 - Public Health. Season 4 - Mental Illness. Season 5 - Pain.

    5.10 - The Pain Project

    5.10 - The Pain Project

    Today, we talk about some ways that pain was thought about before the 20th century, and then William K Livingston, who combined a lot of that thinking and set up our modern understanding of pain.

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    • 7 min
    5.9 - Shocks and Surgeries

    5.9 - Shocks and Surgeries

    We're back! Sorry, the last few weeks were crazy, between a Covid exposure and the holidays. This week, let's talk about some of the pain treatments that replaced opioid drugs in the late 1800s and early 1900s; electrotherapy, and neurosurgery.

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    • 7 min
    5.8 - The Most Versatile American Since Benjamin Franklin

    5.8 - The Most Versatile American Since Benjamin Franklin

    This week, we talk about Silas Weir Mitchell, who was a doctor and researcher who first studied causalgia, or pain caused by nerve damage. He had a lot of accomplishments in his life, and a lot of tragedy too, and deserves to be remembered.

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    • 7 min
    5.7 - A Heroin History

    5.7 - A Heroin History

    This week, we return to talking about opioid drugs, this time discussing heroin, which is to replace morphine in many ways, good and bad.

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    • 6 min
    5.6 - Where There's a Will-ow...

    5.6 - Where There's a Will-ow...

    This week, we talk about the discovery of aspirin, going from willows to modern pills, with some drama in between.

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    • 8 min
    5.5 - Or Nightmares

    5.5 - Or Nightmares

    We continue the story of morphine, and detail its terrible effects on Americans after the Civil War, and how it fell out of favor.

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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

ChaboiTroy ,

A solid podcast

It’s a quality podcast that I’ve been looking for. It’s hard to find another podcast to surpass this one in terms of medical history. Kirby does a great job at framing these stories to keep them informative and engaging. Along with thorough research and consistent quality, the man has a voice like butter that makes listening every week something I look forward to. THERE aren’t many podcasts I stick to but this is one of them.

Rohbhat ,

Educational & Entertaining

This podcast is very well researched, with a lot of lesser-known medical history presented in short, digestible episodes. Each season focuses on a specific topic, and goes through the history of how modern medicine has developed. The host is entertaining without being overbearing, and keeps the focus on the presentation - easy to binge through, or listen to episodes as stand-alone.

HBenn11 ,

A delightful trip into Medical History

History of Medicine is a joy to listen to. The episodes weave amusing and thoughtful anecdotes with the history, while remaining educational and informative. It also makes sure some forgotten scientists get their credit where it is due. If you are at all interested in a history of particular medical advancements, definitely tune in.

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