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Macabre Medicine

Medicine hasn’t always been as effective and pain-free as it is today. Discover the medical procedures of the past, from drilling holes in the skull and bloodletting, to the origins of rhinoplasty — and so much more.
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  • Bleeding People with Leeches and Pocket Knives in the Middle Ages
    Bloodletting and Leeches
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  • The Brutality of Nose Jobs of Ancient India
    Sushruta, Father of Plastic Surgery
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  • The Time When Doctors Severed People's Brains to Cure Depression
    Part One: The Bastard Who Invented The Lobotomy
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  • Drilling Holes Through the Skull
    Heartbeat in the Brain, Hole in the Skull
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  • Be Still & Pray to the Gods, This Bladder Stone Is Coming Out
    Lithotomy
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  • Thalidomide, the Fetus-Deforming Nausea Pill for Pregnant Women
    269. Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations (Rebroadcast)
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  • Curing Cataracts with a Needle Through the Eye
    Cataracts
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Sushruta, Father of Plastic Surgery
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Part One: The Bastard Who Invented The Lobotomy
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Heartbeat in the Brain, Hole in the Skull
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269. Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations (Rebroadcast)
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