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Three modern emergency physicians take a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek quest through various stories in medical history, complete with "highly authentic" historical reenactments.New episodes every two weeks. For questions or comments, check us out on social media or stop by our website where merchandise is available for fans of the show (info below). Linktree: https://linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod
 
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As we approach the objectively best holiday of the year in Max's humble opinion, we thought it best to do some Halloween themed episodes for the month of October. In this episode we'll talk about the link between modern medications and their roots in what were suspected practices of witchcraft. There seemed to be magic in the salves and potions use…
 
What was missing from this point in this podcast was a good true crime episode. So here you go! This is the story of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, a physician and serial killer that, despite his best efforts to NOT hide his crimes all that well, took way to long to be caught. There is also speculation he may have been Jack the Ripper. This is a dark and …
 
While we’re usually reaching far into the past on this show, this week’s episode will feature a discussion of the tragic death of Princess Diana. We’ll focus on the details of the case from the standpoint of physicians doing trauma care in the modern day. We’ll question as to whether the outcome might have changed given modern technology or differe…
 
We are joined by special guest educator Patrick Kelly on this collaborative episode. Here we'll talk about severe allergic reactions and how early discoveries in the treatment of such led to a revolutionary life-saving technology: the auto-injector pen. Commonly known as an Epipen, this little bit of medical marvel was the culmination of a fascinat…
 
Another UK serial killer. This one born in Northern Ireland. Ever heard of the Bluebeard fairytale? This story has its roots reaching back to an old fairytale! Don't let curiosity get the better of you! Support the showThe Professional Gypsy
 
Not all of the ideas a person has while under the influence of drugs and alcohol are winners. There are exceptions, however. This is a fascinating story about the discovery of a revolutionary anesthetic technique all thanks to two inebriated German physicians playing around with spinal taps, hammers, and self-experimentation in the 1890's. It gets …
 
This episode features a special guest! We welcome Erik and Russ, the hosts of the Wisconsin Drunk History Podcast to the show to share in this unexpectedly far-reaching homegrown tale. We'll dive into the story of how moldy hay, hemorrhaging livestock, and a literal bucket of blood helped a University of Wisconsin Biochemist discover a medicine tha…
 
Tired of fever yet? I hope not because we have even more fever topics for you including a very emotional childhood favorite from the Velveteen Rabbit. Also a surprise announcement about where tangents go to die, I mean get stored. Support the showThe Professional Gypsy
 
This week's episode features a special guest collaboration! Kyle Dalton, from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine joined us on the show to talk about the origins of ambulance service. Believe it or not, figuring out how to safely extract wounded soldiers was not a high priority at the time of the U.S. Civil War. Fortunately, we'll talk about …
 
This week's episode features a dig through an interesting article from the British Medical Journal with a proposed medical diagnosis for King George III--you know the one who was supposedly "mad". It turns out that while he was presiding over the monarchy during the American Revolution and issues with Napoleon, he may have been struggling with quit…
 
Join us for some comedic relief as we make a whole lot of fun of Dr. Ecoli, aka the unhygienic doctor that has traveled the world hurting people. We are joined by Joe from the podcast Consistently Eccentric. Enjoy! Support the showThe Professional Gypsy
 
Rarkinson's Disease is still around but it its disease that has long roots. We talk about the disease and about Lewy Bodies dementia and what it must have been like for Robin Williams in the end. Hope you learn something new. Support the showThe Professional Gypsy
 
In this super-exciting special episode the Poor Historians interview author Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris about her new book, The Facemaker. The Facemaker centers on the incredible achievements of Dr. Harold Gillies, a plastic surgeon in WWI who not only helped restore the identities of injured soldiers with severe facial injuries, but developed a multitu…
 
Dr. Joseph Lister revolutionized the practice of medicine. He used the scientific method to make medicine and surgery safer. Set against a backdrop of Victorian-era surgical practice, as grim as that was, is this overview of Dr. Lister's triumphant career as a good guy in the annals of science and medical history. The Butchering Art, by Dr. Lindsey…
 
Every so often we let Mike choose topics without supervision. This episode is an example of this. We started with an examination of a famous case of early colorectal surgery and found ourselves in the bowels of the annals of medical history. Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merch site: https://www.teepublic.com/user/poor-historians-pod…
 
This episode reveals how long mental health care has come over the centuries. Part asylum, part zoo, Bedlam Hospitals history is a fascinating story about a famous institution carrying a name that came to be synonymous with the idea of chaos itself. Much of the source material for this episode comes from articles written by Dr. Jonathan Andrews at …
 
In this episode we'll discuss the various uses of mercury--yes, the liquidy metal that your parents told you not to touch--as a medicine. It was used for colic in babies as well as to treat syphilis in adults. It didn't work for either but, hey, it did produce something called "Mad Hatter" syndrome. One of our most popular characters will make a re…
 
Her name is synonymous with excellence in nursing for good reason. Here we'll talk about one of the most famous nurses ever to take up the charge of giving good practical advice to doctors who did their best to ignore it much to the detriment of their patients. She was well before her time. Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merch site: …
 
The feature of this episode is a remarkable survival story, one which occured within the past 30 years. The other side of this coin is a discussion of the awful origins of much of the research on hypothermia and survival through nazi "experiments" (torture) during WWII. Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merch site: https://www.teepublic…
 
In this episode we go way down South to find a serial killer doctor with her (yes a female), very own murder squad. This one is way too close to current to be comfortable! A serial killer female doctor just wanted to free up some beds. Over 300 of them. Support the showThe Professional Gypsy
 
We are back!! So sorry to have kept you waiting. This episode has some commentary in the beginning you can skip through and jump right into the Valley Fever content if you want around the 15min mark. Then we talk about Valley Fever and its history.. More fascinating that I first realized. By the say, I accidentally cuss in the first 15 mins which i…
 
Marie Curie and her husband discovered radium and radioactivity in 1898. Soon thereafter everything has radium in it, from beauty products to glow in the dark timepieces. Who would have thought there was a tragic price to be paid for all that "healthy glow?" Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merch site: https://www.teepublic.com/user/po…
 
There have certainly been many things tried over the ages in the name of medicine. At some point, there was a person who thought, "Have we considered putting all these corpses to use?" Believe it or not, for a long period of time, across many cultures, using the dead to make medicines was commonplace. We'll explore the various approaches to common …
 
You might not think a potentially life threatening childhood disease, sled dogs, early vaccination research, and emergency neck surgery have anything in common, but you'd be wrong. Diphtheria is a legitimately scary illness we no longer see today. You may have heard about it from your days playing Oregon Trail, but the real story of this illness an…
 
We'll keep the drawn out "Arrrr's " to a minimum. Let's take a look at pirates and medicine. Quite surprisingly they had some progressive ideas when it came to taking care of the ill. We'll talk about early experiments to discover the cause of scurvy, pirate healthcare plans (no, really), and why you should eat oatmeal only on Tuesdays. Bonus: Max …
 
Though certainly an accomplished physician for the time, the unexpected end to Dr. James' Barry's story is well worth the listen. Once you know what the unexpected detail about Dr. Barry is, it makes this particular physician's story even more compelling than many of the contemporaries of the time. Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merc…
 
Sure there are many old hospitals. But none are as old as the Hotel Dieu in Paris. We'll look at the history of this landmark and the many trials and tribulations the hospital, and it's medical staff, faced over its more than 1,300 year history. Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merch site: https://www.teepublic.com/user/poor-historians…
 
The origin of this familiar outdoor enthusiast tool has a dark and complicated history as a medical instrument. You might not imagine how this device came about. Well now you don't have to wonder about it anymore. This is the history of the chainsaw. Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merch site: https://www.teepublic.com/user/poor-histo…
 
In this episode, we visit a few cases of physician involvement in the practice of dueling. Why have a collegial argument when you can grab a few friends and some weapons? Special thanks to historian Dr. Russell Moul (@RussMoul) for his permission to use his article (linked below). Check out his work at the link as well as through his social media. …
 
The lobotmy was a procedure that is rightfully associated with a dark period in more modern medical history. Even the best of intentions can have disastrous outcomes. Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merch site: https://www.teepublic.com/user/poor-historians-podcastAaron, Max, and Mike
 
No, we aren't talking about baby's doing farming child labor! This week's episode is the first of two parts talking about a practice that is thankful no longer done; Baby brokering. It combines medical history with medical true crime. Hope you enjoy! Support the showThe Professional Gypsy
 
Because sometimes you gotta put a lotta holes in heads to figure out when it's beneficial. What's more exciting than old tyme neurosurgical trial and error? Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merch site: https://www.teepublic.com/user/poor-historians-podcastAaron, Max, and Mike
 
This woman went by many names and chose many different types of poison. But it was all about the money. Listen as we talk about this serial killer from the UK. Music by Dresden the Flamingo, Which Witch? Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Dissecting)The Professional Gypsy
 
If you want something done right, they say to do it yourself. This is not typically recommended for surgical procedures but when you're stranded in the hostile climate at the bottom of the world, a surgeon's gotta do what a surgeon's gotta do. Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merch site: https://www.teepublic.com/user/poor-historians-p…
 
We tell the story of an Ireland Witch and her associates, including her son. Listen to the special Halloween episode as we tell her tale AND celebrate the podcast's 10,000 download milestone! Thank you all for listening. Hopefully you are learning something new each week. Cheers to another 10K! Music by Dresden the Flamingo, Which Witch? (Full song…
 
You may never have heard of the disease Syndrome K but know that this deadly disease has a happy ending. This week I take you to Italy to tell you the tale! Music by Dresden the Flamingo, I Married Dracula. Support the showThe Professional Gypsy
 
Let's explore the seedy side of one of the most important courses in medical school and medical history for that matter. Who would have imagined body theft had such a dark backstory? Probably everyone. Podcast Linktree: linktr.ee/poorhistorianspod Merch site: https://www.teepublic.com/user/poor-historians-podcast…
 
Oh, Curiosity Seekers.... this one is a puzzle. There were many young girls in the Victorian Era that were part of the phenomenon called the Fasting Girls, but one in particular was far above and beyond an enigma. Let me tell you why in this episode. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Dissecting)…
 
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