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Sawbones: Gallstones

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.

Do you even know where your gallbladder is? Maybe it’s not so surprising that millions of Americans don’t know they have a gastrointestinal disorder caused by gallstones. Dr. Sydnee and Justin go through the history of gallbladder disease, and why the icky medical mnemonic of “forty, fat, and fertile” is misleading and maybe even harmful.

Music: “Medicines” by The Taxpayers

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Transcript available here