Malpractice Podcast

Malpractice Podcast

Syd & Jess are here to deliver a podcast about medical true crime, the history of healthcare, and dope science - all with a dose of humor - just what the doctor ordered!

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February 1, 2023 42 min

Syd & Jess are here to tell y'all about the murder of Cecelia Bowers, the 29-yo wife of Dr. J. Milton Bowers. Cecelia was the THIRD of Dr. Bowers' wives to have died under suspicious circumstances, so why is it that her murder is still considered "unsolved"? Join us to hear the full story! 
 
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This week, Syd & Jess are here to tell you all about a rare neurological condition called Prosopagnosia (more commonly known as face blindness). We're talking science and all about how the brain performs its own unique version of facial recognition software, so if you have trouble remembering faces, you're in good company! 

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Welcome back, Malpals! To kick off SEASON 6, we're covering the fascinating life of the incredible Marie Curie. From her childhood in war-torn Poland, Marie would go on to become one of the most accomplished scientists of all time. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win a Nobel Prize TWICE, and she remains the ONLY person who has won Nobel Prizes in TWO different scientific categories. The picture...

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For the LAST episode of Season 5, Syd & Jess will tell you the story of the late 19th century Medical Serial Killer (MSK), Dr. Thomas Neill Cream. Also known as the "Lambeth Poisoner", Dr. Cream's last words before he was put to death by hanging was "I am Jack...." which some believe was his attempt to claim credit for the infamous crimes of Jack the Ripper. Whether that's true or he's just a mustach...

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This week, Syd & Jess finish the story of the 1918 "Spanish Influenza" pandemic, including some stories that you probably haven't heard. Excavating Inuit flu victims, experiments on incarcerated Americans, and the scores of heroic nurses who made the worst pandemic in history as bearable as possible - it's another exciting week of medical history!

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This week, Syd & Jess throw it all the way back to one of the OG pandemics - the 1918 influenza, more commonly known as the "Spanish Flu". Over the course of around 2 years, it would kill between 20 and 100 MILLION people, right on the heels of World War I.   

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This week, Syd and Jess cover the history of a VERY dark period in Ireland's (shockingly recent) past: the Magdalene Laundries. For the approximately 30,000 women who were confined to these institutions, and forced to perform hard labor for years at a time under the watchful eye of several religious orders. 

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November 23, 2022 37 min

This week in latest Theranos episode, we're covering the most recent updates in the Elizabeth Holmes saga, including her sentencing hearing and the 11 years she received for her felony fraud charges. 

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This week, Syd & Jess cover yet another medical serial killer, Charles Cullen and the heroic nurse who helped take him down. When Nurse Amy Loughren finds out that her friend and colleague, Charles Cullen,  is likely responsible for the murder of  dozens of patients over a period of sixteen years,  she joins forces with the detectives looking to hold him responsible. This week, we're covering the investigation, his confessi...

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November 2, 2022 39 min

This week, Syd & Jess cover yet another medical serial killer, Charles Cullen and the heroic nurse who helped take him down. When Nurse Amy Loughren finds out that her friend and colleague, Charles Cullen,  is likely responsible for the murder of  dozens of patients over a period of sixteen years,  she joins forces with the detectives looking to hold him responsible.

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For a disease that sounds like a science-fiction plot, look no further than this week's bacterial infection, Necrotizing Fasciitis. With a 25-30% mortality rate and high chance of required amputations, flesh-eating bacteria is no joke. Learn all about this disease and how to prevent it in this week's episode with Syd & Jess.

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This week, Syd & Jess sit down with Amy Lopez, an incredible pediatric travel nurse who tells us all about the job, the patients, and what it's like to be a traveling nurse. With some much-needed advice for those just entering the field and some details about how you can thank a nurse the next time you need medical care, you won't want to miss this one. 

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October 12, 2022 38 min

For a very long time, doctors have prescribed drugs and treatments that they knew weren't real - so imagine their surprise when they actually worked! This week, Syd & Jess are here to give you the lowdown on "The Placebo Effect": we're talking Pavlov's dogs, bread pills, and why the color of your drugs matters.

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September 28, 2022 53 min

This week, Syd and Jess are keeping the spooky vibes alive with the story of the real live monster, Peter Kürten, the "Vampire of Düsseldorf". Between 1899 and 1930, Peter terrorized Germany with a string of horrific slayings during which he would often consume the blood of his victims. The subject of Dr. Karl Berg's infamous 1938 book, The Sadist, this dude was one of the world's first diagnosed sexual psychopaths....

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This week, Syd and Jess are here to tell you the bizarre stories of a recently discovered 17th century grave, a 2012 man who couldn't stop drinking his own blood, and the "Bloody" Countess, Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed. What do these three have in common? They were all accused of being vampires! While this may seem way out of left field, clinical vampirism is a real thing (Renfield's Syndrome) and we're here to te...

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This week (another listener recommendation), Syd and Jess are here to tell you the tragic story of heiress Ann Cooper Hewitt, who woke up from what she thought was a routine appendectomy to hear the nurses tell her mother that she "didn't suspect a thing." Scandal, rumors, and forced sterilization - this week's story is about one woman who took her mother to court over what she said was a greedy attempt to steal Ann...

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September 7, 2022 63 min

This week, Syd and Jess are here to walk you through one of the world's favorite cold case mysteries that has FINALLY been solved.  Since his body was found on a beach in Adelaide, South Australia in 1948, the case of this unidentified man has refused to fade from public interest. Learn all about the mystery and the people who potentially solved it in this episode! 

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This week, Syd sits down with the amazing Dr. Jonathan Baktari. As a healthcare CEO, vaccine and COVID-19 expert, and pulmonary AND critical care physician, Dr. Baktari is here to give us some incredible information and advice. From how to pick a physician and communicate with your healthcare team, to what we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and where mRNA vaccine technology is headed, you won't want to miss this! 

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August 24, 2022 51 min

This week, Syd & Jess are here to take you down to the body farm, that's right, we're talking research facilities across the US where scientists study human decomposition. From forensic anthropologist to law enforcement to cadaver dogs, everyone is dying to learn more about how the environment affects human remains. 

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This week, Syd & Jess are here with another listener recommendation - this week, we're covering medical serial killer (MSK) and all-around terrible human being: Billy Chemirmir. Convicted in at least one murder trial, he has been indicted on AT LEAST 23 others, leaving Dallas/DFW DA's wondering if more murders will be attributed to him in the future. Using his experience in care facilities, Billy gained entry into resid...

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