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Sawbones: Colic and Gripe Water

An illustration of two blue snakes twisting around a radius and ulna bone topped with a handsaw coming off either side to form a caduceus staff. The snake on the left is wearing a red dunce cap and the snake on the right is wearing a red graduation cap. The background is a pop art style red to blue fade. At the bottom of the image it says “Sawbones” with “A marital tour of misguided medicine” written below that.

Gripe water and colic are a match made in Sawbones heaven: A cure-all and a catch all. This week, we’ll explore the history of how a misunderstood diagnosis has helped keep a made-up medicine on the shelves.

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Music: “Medicines” by The Taxpayers

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Transcript available here