The Sawbones Book
A compelling, often hilarious and occasionally horrifying exploration of how modern medicine came to be!Wondering whether eating powdered mummies might be just the thing to cure your ills? Tempted by those vintage ads suggesting you wear radioactive underpants for virility? Ever considered drilling a hole in your head to deal with those pesky headaches? Probably not. But for thousands of years, people have done things like this—and things that make radioactive underpants seem downright sensible! In their hit podcast, Sawbones, Sydnee and Justin McElroy breakdown the weird and wonderful way we got to modern healthcare. And some of the terrifying detours along the way.Every week, Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin amaze, amuse, and gross out (depending on the week) hundreds of thousands of avid listeners to their podcast, Sawbones. Consistently rated a top podcast on iTunes, with over 15 million total downloads, this rollicking journey through thousands of years of medical mishaps and miracles is not only hilarious but downright educational. While you may never even consider applying  boiled weasel to your forehead (once the height of sophistication when it came to headache cures), you will almost certainly face some questionable medical advice in your everyday life (we’re looking at you, raw water!) and be better able to figure out if this is a miracle cure (it’s not) or a scam. Table of Contents:Part One: The Unnerving The Resurrection Men Fun w Galvanism Weird Weight Loss Miracle Cure: Opium Black Plague Heroes of Misguided Medicine: Pliny the Elder Erectile Dysfunction The Doctor Is In: Listener Questions Answered Don’t Drill a Hole in Your HeadPart Two: The Gross Mummy Medicine The Guthole Bromance The Unkillable Phineas Gage Max Drank Poopy Water Heroes of Misguided Medicine: Robert Liston Golden Showers of Health Miracle Cure-All: Radium Dr. John Romulus Brinkley The Doctor Is In Q&A Just (Four) Humour Me The Camel Dung MiraclePart Three: The Weird The Dancing Plague Bad Medicine: Tobacco for Health The Seasick-Proof Saloon Miracle Cure-All: Vinegar The Doctor Is In Q&A Heroes of Misguided MedicinePart Four: The Awesome The Poison Squad Bad Medicine: Self Experimentation Eat Your Chocolate! Heroes of Misguided Medicine Parrot Fever Miracle Cure-All: Honey The Miraculous Polio Vaccine The Doctor Is In  

The Sawbones Book Details

TitleThe Sawbones Book
Author
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherWeldon Owen
ISBN-139781681883816
Rating
GenreNonfiction, History, Science, Health, Medicine, Medical

The Sawbones Book Review

  • Billie Cotterman
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy this book. It's very much like the podcast, which I also enjoy. However, there are a lot of problems with the book itself. There are many, many typos, which are distracting. The paper is sturdy, but to the point where it was difficult to turn pages because they kept sticking together. Finally, towards the end, the pages stick together, and then skip. I think I am missing some pages, but I can't return the book for the missing pages because I got it signed by the writers and illust I really enjoy this book. It's very much like the podcast, which I also enjoy. However, there are a lot of problems with the book itself. There are many, many typos, which are distracting. The paper is sturdy, but to the point where it was difficult to turn pages because they kept sticking together. Finally, towards the end, the pages stick together, and then skip. I think I am missing some pages, but I can't return the book for the missing pages because I got it signed by the writers and illustrators at the B&N in Tribeca when they were there. For these reasons, I wish I could give it a 4.5, but I'm giving it a 5 because I don't want to bring down the average ratings. So, great book but poorly edited and printed.
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  • Jackie B!
    January 1, 1970
    I loved reading this book! It's funny and informative. The only reason this book didn't get 5 stars is because there were some major editing errors. Hopefully the typos all get fixed in the second printing.
  • Mary Rose
    January 1, 1970
    It's kind of like the grown-up version of those gross science books you're supposed to give to preteen and teenage boys when they're growing up because apparently boogers are the only way to introduce them to loving science or whatever. That being said, I love Justin and Sydnee and I'm proud of them. Fans of the podcast will love this book and people who haven't heard it definitely should look it up.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just as fun as listening to the podcast! I loved the amount of personality that came through in the writing - the little asides really felt like listening to Justin and Sydnee. The art was also wonderful, and it was really cool that it was really a McElroy/Smirl family production! The one thing that really bugged me, however, was the amount of typos -- nothing that really changed the meaning, but things like the names of historical figures being spelled differently in the same para This book was just as fun as listening to the podcast! I loved the amount of personality that came through in the writing - the little asides really felt like listening to Justin and Sydnee. The art was also wonderful, and it was really cool that it was really a McElroy/Smirl family production! The one thing that really bugged me, however, was the amount of typos -- nothing that really changed the meaning, but things like the names of historical figures being spelled differently in the same paragraph, or spacing being weird, or even one part where it says "go to page XXX" because the actual page number wasn't filled in. This may be because I pre-ordered my book, so I hope it gets fixed in future additions! It doesn't stop me from wanting to read this book again and again.
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  • Nwerlandson
    January 1, 1970
    This book is fantastic! It is funny, informative, and everything that you would expect from listening to the podcast. It reads like a series of magazine articles, so don’t expect a terribly deep dive into any one topic. But for your money they cover a ton of interesting topics through thousands of years of medicine. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy humorous, dark history. The only reason I couldn’t give this book five stars is the awful editing and typesetting. Expect a typo every 8 or This book is fantastic! It is funny, informative, and everything that you would expect from listening to the podcast. It reads like a series of magazine articles, so don’t expect a terribly deep dive into any one topic. But for your money they cover a ton of interesting topics through thousands of years of medicine. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy humorous, dark history. The only reason I couldn’t give this book five stars is the awful editing and typesetting. Expect a typo every 8 or 9 pages on average. Sloppy cut and paste jobs leave some text doubled up and some placeholder text was never removed. Hopefully this stuff can get resolved in the second printing.
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  • Kira
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved Sawbones since its inception in 2013. I was the first of the McElroy Family of products that I tried and it lead me to all of their other podcast. I have seen them live 4 times now and they never disappoint. This book was even better than I could have expected. They did a beautiful job capturing all the banter and humor and wit that make the podcast truly enjoyable in a book format. This is the perfect book for fervent lovers of the podcast and for people who do not like the podcast I have loved Sawbones since its inception in 2013. I was the first of the McElroy Family of products that I tried and it lead me to all of their other podcast. I have seen them live 4 times now and they never disappoint. This book was even better than I could have expected. They did a beautiful job capturing all the banter and humor and wit that make the podcast truly enjoyable in a book format. This is the perfect book for fervent lovers of the podcast and for people who do not like the podcast or even the podcast format but like learning interesting new medical facts.
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  • RJ
    January 1, 1970
    Pulls some of the most interesting history of medicine and Sawbones. Take care for podcast-typical medical talk and grossness, but it does the usual warning beforehand for the grossest things. The art is great, and there's some old photos, advertisements, and drawings as well. There's some editing errors but while disruptive, don't make things difficult, generally a missing word, but there's a case or two of an added word, or wrong/missing page number references. They'll probably fixed if there' Pulls some of the most interesting history of medicine and Sawbones. Take care for podcast-typical medical talk and grossness, but it does the usual warning beforehand for the grossest things. The art is great, and there's some old photos, advertisements, and drawings as well. There's some editing errors but while disruptive, don't make things difficult, generally a missing word, but there's a case or two of an added word, or wrong/missing page number references. They'll probably fixed if there's later printings.
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  • Eve
    January 1, 1970
    I'd take off half a point for the various proofreading mistakes, but that still rounds up to five so here we are. It's a fun book, entertaining despite being a lot of the same information covered in the podcast.
  • Marie Kos
    January 1, 1970
    Really awesome to have if you are a fan of the show. Some of the humor is much better spoken than read, but it's awesome to have many of the medical history tidbits talked about on the podcast in a bound volume. I second another reviewer--there are a number of glaring editing errors.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    I really like this podcast and the book was no exception! It was really funny and filled with information on misguided ideas from medical history.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious! Outrageous! Plenty of fun and interesting tidbits even for the easily grossed out (old timey doctors were yucks)
  • Leann Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been listening to the sawbones podcast for years and preordered this once Justin and Sydnee announced it. It’s more than I ever expected. It’s funny, informative and beautifully illustrated.
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