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Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin welcome you to Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Every Friday, they dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we've tried to fix people over the years. Educational? You bet! Fun? We hope!

Sawbones: The Royal Fistula Fad

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Celebrities have started some pretty weird fads, but perhaps none are weirder than the one started by King Louis XIV, who made it cool ... to have a fistula. Join Justin and Dr. Sydnee for this very special episode.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Performance Enhancement

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We're continuing to celebrate the Summer Olympics by presenting all the weird, terrible, horrid way athletes have tried to cheat their way to winning over the years. From donkey hooves to guinea pig sperm, it's ... it's a weird one.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Cupping

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Olympic athletes swear by it, but what really is the science behind cupping? Dr. Sydnee and Justin are looking into it, and the answer might (but probably won't) surprise you.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Arsenic

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It's poison! It's medicine! It's both! ... OK, so it's mainly poison, but it hasn't always been that way. Join Justin and Dr. Sydnee for a brief tour of medical arsenic.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Aloe

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Sure, it may seem like a magical plant, but just how helpful is that big bottle of green goo on your shelf? This week: Dr. Sydnee and Justin present the medical history of aloe.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Tea

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Justin and Dr. Sydnee are throwing a Boston Tea Party of our own as we explore the strange history of medical tea live from Boston's historic Wilbur Theater.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Goofy Medical Questions Vol. 3

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Is it really so bad to pop pimples? Can you cut the mold off food and eat it? Is it fatal to hold in a sneeze? These questions and so many more are answered on our latest Q&A episode!

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Medical Garb

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Why do doctors wear that? What did they used to wear? Dr. Sydnee and Justin answer the big questions like that, including the big one: What's up with that little head mirror?

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Salt

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If you've ever used salt for ANYTHING other than making cold french fries moderately edible, you need to listen to this episode.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Narcolepsy

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You probably think you have narcolepsy all figured out, but did you know that it's also the most horrifying disease of all time? It's true!

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers