58 – Dark Age Medicine

This is a combination episode covering medicine in the Dark Ages!

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  9 Replies to “58 – Dark Age Medicine”

  1. October 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Great episode, thank you!

    • October 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

      You’re awfully kind for saying so. I wasn’t too happy with this one. I was still pretty under the weather. I think the episode that releases tomorrow morning will be a lot of fun, though. :)

  2. Hallie
    October 27, 2014 at 9:31 am

    My favorite set of episodes!

    • October 30, 2014 at 9:10 am

      High five to a fellow cultural history nerd! :)

  3. January 3, 2015 at 12:57 am

    A truly great episode. All of the cultural ones are loads of fun but I like this one especially due to the fact that I study Nursing. Nontheless, good job and thank you for this amazing podcast.

  4. Dimitris
    August 7, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Two comments (so far).
    1. Cupping (without cutting the skiin) is considered an effective medicine.
    2. We do blood letting today, its called donating blood and for men (who don’t go through menstrual cycles) it is a good practice (bi-annually) because it makes the body replenish iron in the blood (that’s from what I heard from a doctor recently)

  5. October 15, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I just stumbled onto this podcast, and I’m loving it! I’m a nurse, and this was a really good episode. I really liked the way you actually researched the herbs used, and said, “hey, this might have worked! But then they hung crab eyes around the neck, sooo…” A medical history podcast I listen to (good as it is) tends to say “they just used a poultice or gave you some herbs and hoped for the best”. herbs don’t do all they should, but we have many modern medicine derived from plant chemicals. Foxglove gave us Digoxin, Willow bark is chock full of salicylates, which is basically Aspirin, and colchicine is still used to treat gout, and comes from a plant.

    Great Job!

  6. October 15, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    #1 – cupping is considered an effective medicine by some, but without any basis in scientific research

    #2 – red blood cells are continuously replenished, that’s what the spleen is for. the cells are taken out of service after about 60 days and new cells are made. The body is continuously replenishing the iron in the blood, with or without donating blood

  7. Jim W
    April 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Just started listening to your Podcast about a month ago. Needless to say, I am hooked! I’m looking forward to getting caught up (eventually)! Thanks for the entertaining and informative show.

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