If you’re interested in the macabre, strange, gross and weird, “Sawbones” delivers. Episodes have covered everything from trepanation, in which a hole is drilled in the skull, to how doctors once tackled scurvy, cholera and hookworm. You’ll learn how old-school doctors used human feces to “cure” plague and how they once raided graves for corpses to study.
The show once focused on only historical medicine, but over time it has turned to modern-day quackery, too — think the recent “raw water” fad, in which people risked their lives drinking unpurified water, and countless diets, “cleanses” and unproven cures.
The podcast’s subtitle is “A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine,” and the couple’s relationship is on display. Shrill and in search of laughs, Justin stands in for a clueless but curious public. Sydnee is self-assured and informative. Together, they balance out the show.
Ready to plunge into medicine’s morbid past?