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Sawbones: Laudable Pus

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.

This week on Sawbones, it’s the truly embarrassing story of why we spent several centuries thinking it was important for us to make wounds as pus-filled as possible. There’s no nice way of saying it folks: This is a gross one.

Music: “Medicines” by The Taxpayers

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Transcript available here