Sawbones: Amputation


Listen, nobody wants to lose a limb. Limbs are great. That said, if you've listened to even a small amount of Sawbones, it should come as no surprise that losing a limb used to be way, way, worse. This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin provide a short history of amputation and, as a bonus, introduce you to surgeon Robert Liston to basically the coolest dude ever.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers



Just heard about your podcast and downloaded episodes for an upcoming migration Cobourg, Ontario to Hatteras NC.
I was surprised that you didn't mention the civil war surgeon "Flash something" who in 2minutes amputated the patient's leg, right testicle and two off his assistants fingers. They didn't mention if anyone survived, but as a surgeon(gynecologist) I always mention this to my students.
Look forward to many more episodes.
Michael Green


Thanks for the great tidbits on this podcast. Just was wondering if you caught that Liston's portrait on was by Samuel John Stump.