The Sawbones Book: The Horrifying, Hilarious Road to Modern Medicine

The Sawbones Book: The Horrifying, Hilarious Road to Modern Medicine

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A compelling, often hilarious and occasionally horrifying exploration of how modern medicine came to be!

Wondering whether eating powdered mummies might be just the thing to cure your ills? Tempted by those vintage ads suggesting you wear radioactive underpants for virility? Ever considered drilling a hole in your head to deal with those pesky headaches? Probably not. But for thousands of years, people have done things like this—and things that make radioactive underpants seem downright sensible! In their hit podcast, Sawbones, Sydnee and Justin McElroy breakdown the weird and wonderful way we got to modern healthcare. And some of the terrifying detours along the way.

Every week, Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin amaze, amuse, and gross out (depending on the week) hundreds of thousands of avid listeners to their podcast, Sawbones. Consistently rated a top podcast on iTunes, with over 15 million total downloads, this rollicking journey through thousands of years of medical mishaps and miracles is not only hilarious but downright educational. While you may never even consider applying boiled weasel to your forehead (once the height of sophistication when it came to headache cures), you will almost certainly face some questionable medical advice in your everyday life (we’re looking at you, raw water!) and be better able to figure out if this is a miracle cure (it’s not) or a scam.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: The Unnerving
The Resurrection Men
An Electrifying Experience
Weight Loss
The Black Plague
Pliny the Elder
Erectile Dysfunction
Spontaneous Combustion
The Doctor Is In

Part II: The Gross
Mummy Medicine
The Guthole Bromance
A Piece of Your Mind
The Unkillable Phineas Gage
The Man Who Drank Poop
Robert Liston
Urine Luck!
The Doctor Is In
The Straight Poop

Part III: The Weird
The Dancing Plague
Curtis Howe Springer
Smoke ’Em if You Got ëEm
A Titanic Case of Nausea
The Doctor Is In

Part IV: The Awesome
The Poison Squad
Death by Chocolate
John Harvey Kellogg
Parrot Fever
Polio Vaccine
The Doctor Is In

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978624498
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Justin McElroy is a 15-year journalism veteran with two awards from the Ohio Associated Press for business writing. He has served as the managing editor of AOL’s Joystiq and Vox Media’s Polygon (of which he’s also a founder).

Sydnee McElroy has a BS in biology (2005) and an MD (2009) from Marshall University. She currently is a practicing licensed family physician and an assistant professor of medical education with Marshall.

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The Sawbones Book: The Horrifying, Hilarious Road to Modern Medicine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't exactly funny or hilarious but OK. Many, too many, spelling and grammar errors! Very difficult to read especially with the varying text sizes, colors and thought boxes!
MadJasHatter More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent! It is very informative but in a fun and easy way to understand. The two authors, one being a doctor, are extremely funny. I love it how they play off of each other. They make the book very approachable and seriously fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! Informative but hilarious. Perfect for medical and medical adjacent people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago