The history of medicine is gross, fascinating and hilarious in this book based on the hit podcast. Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband writer and podcaster Justin McElroy cover a wide variety of medical history from trepanation (drilling a hole in your head) to strapping a chicken to yourself to treat the plague. Did you know that we used to eat mummies? Or that doctors made up an entire condition just to oppress women? (Hint: it’s called hysteria).
A great addition to the book are the delightful illustrations by Sydnee’s sister Teylor Smirl. They are wry and just a little off-kilter. Also included are a variety of period advertisements for all kinds of cure-alls and patent medicines.
Sawbones is a ton of fun and a great way to gross out your friends with weird antidotes at your next cocktail party. Just don’t try any of the stuff that they mention in the book, there’s a reason we don’t eat mummies anymore.