Item #289447 Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine. Justin McElroy, Sydnee, McElroy.

Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine

Weldon Owen, October 2018. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / No Jacket As Issued. Item #289447
ISBN: 1681883813

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.

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