Dissecting Medical History

Dissecting Medical History

A weekly mental vacation from life's worries by providing story-time formatted discussions on fascinating history events and biographies in a fun and critically thinking way with a nurse and sometimes other history enthusiasts.

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May 5, 2021 45 min

Today's story is about a respiratory therapist named Efren Saldivar, from Glendale, California. A mercy killer who just wasn't being that merciful.   

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This is the tale of the first female dentist of the West!  Nellie Pooler Chapman from Nevada City, California.  

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April 22, 2021 28 min

Today's episode talks about the long forgotten cure by the Royals.  Join me on this tale all about the power of the monarchy that sadly just isn't used today!

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Special episode with Joe from podcast Consistently Eccentric with a true crime story about the Angel of Death Donald Harvey.  Listen as I tell Joe all the creative and not so merciful killings by this unbelievable serial killer.   

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You get to be in on the joke for today's April Fool's Day episode where I tell historical fiction stories that I made up to friends.  Based on real research that includes boats, Pirates, and the Irish!  Hope you enjoy!

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March 24, 2021 32 min

In this episode we talk about two amazing female doctors making their mark in California!  California wasn't always the forward thinking state we've come to know.  But two women helped to change that.

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March 17, 2021 32 min

A little carry over from Black History Month combined with Women's History Month!  Just a few bios about some amazing women of the past.  

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In this episode we talk about Green Sickness, Green Fever, the Irish Curse and the Celtic Curse, aka Irish Illness!  Join us for this special St. Patrick's day episode.

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February 25, 2021 24 min

This episode honors Black History Month and a couple of amazing nurses that paved the way for others.  Join me as I tell you their stories!

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February 18, 2021 67 min

1815  Dr. James Barry became  a British Army surgeon with many secrets.  In this episode we will be expanding on the medical life of this fascinating person.  To get an even fuller picture of their life, you are encouraged to check out What's Her Name podcast for the Dr. James Barry episode.  

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February 11, 2021 17 min

Another Microscopic Dissection episode!  Today's episode is all about snakes!  Do you know where the phrase "snake oil" or "snake oil salesman" came from?  This episode I will tell you the story along  with some other interesting things about how the snake is related to the medical world!  Enjoy!

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February 4, 2021 30 min

In this episode, we discuss 3 different communities that were impacted by poison.  

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January 27, 2021 42 min

Do you know where the phrase, Mad as a Hatter came from?  Did you know that the Hatter from Alice in Wonderland had a real disease?  In this episode we dive into a literary favorite character and have fun dissecting him up!  In honor of Lewis Carroll, we are launching this episode on this birthday!  

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January 22, 2021 24 min

In this episode I do a little crash course on the 4 humors along with a microscopic bit of history on it.   There is something for everyone whether you need a refresher on the topic or could use a little better understanding.  Plus, there is a bonus story at the end!  

Thanks for listening!  Please subscribe if you want to hear more!

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January 14, 2021 57 min

Yellow fever was not new to the newly formed America, but in 1793 it really crippled the city in a way that was not too unfamiliar to 2020.   Join me as I tell you the story.

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January 7, 2021 74 min

This is the story of Linda Hazzard, a self-proclaimed doctor, but the only person in the world that was licensed to do a fasting cure.  Step right up, she will take everything you own and cure you to death!

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December 31, 2020 74 min

This week's episode is a two parter with a personal story in the beginning.  We start off with some mental health history, including some insight to some asylums.  Then we finish off with a story about a lesser known Kennedy who ended up getting a secret lobotomy.  

If you want to jump right into the Kennedy story, it starts at 41:15.

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December 24, 2020 56 min

Did you know that there is mystery surrounding the death of the late great Edgar Allan Poe?  His death was as psychologically thrilling as his writings!  We discuss the theories that may had led to his demise.   And at the end, I give a little taste of famous poem, The Raven.
Let's get this story started!

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December 18, 2020 60 min

 An investigative reporter by the name of Nellie Bly, went undercover into one of New York's notorous mental asylums back in 1887.  Join me as we talk about her reporting and her life.  

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December 13, 2020 49 min

This is the story of Peggy Utinsky was a volunteer nurse in WWII, who started the Miss U underground network to keep the "Yanks" alive!  

Caution: there is some graphic details.

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