Notes: Episode 43, Surgery (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   14:02 – Notable victims of bloodletting include King Charles II and George Washington. It was really quite popular, and possibly even more likely to be used on someone well-to-do than a lower class person who couldn’t afford the luxury of a doctor or even a barber […]

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43. Surgery (Part 1)

In this episode we discuss ancient surgery, as well as the first major hurdle to its modernization: a proper understanding of human anatomy. Yumiko Hutchenreuther returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 40, Early Modern Criminology (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   12:34 – Curiously enough, the Miranda warning was not put into place until 1966 in the United States. The familiar set of explanations about a suspect’s rights, usually beginning with the right to remain silent, came out of a Supreme Court case in which Ernesto Arturo […]

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40. Early Modern Criminology (Part 2)

In this episode, we discuss the development of modern forensics and its application to detective work, beginning with the work of Alphonse Bertillon, moving through the golden age of fingerprint analysis and criminal profiling, touching on the Jack the Ripper and H H Holmes murders, and ending with the implementation of DNA profiling in the 1980s.

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Notes: Episode 39, Early Modern Criminology (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   2:52 – Nope, created by Dr. Franz Mesmer in the 18th century. It was basically the Force from Star Wars in its initial conception as an invisible force exerted by all living things, and Louis XVI was a huge fan. I know, this sounds made up, […]

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39. Early Modern Criminology (Part 1)

In this episode we look at the Victorian view of criminology as informed by Darwin, the scientific revolution, and recent anthropological finds. We discuss the focus on scientific racism, the belief in the inability of humans to escape their biological destiny, and the extremely dangerous and harmful conclusions this led to. Dan McGinnis joins as guest.

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Notes: Episode 20, Smallpox (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   10:48 – We’re talking about something often called Friendship Bread. It’s not always the safest recipe because it lasts so long, so practice responsible kitchen procedures if you ever want to make it, but basically you get some dough, “feed” it so it grows, take part […]

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20. Smallpox (Part 2)

In this episode we discuss the history of the effective treatment of smallpox, beginning with the crude method known as variolation and ending with the eradication of smallpox from the world in 1977. Gillian Webber returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 19, Smallpox (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   12:46 – Specifically, humorism was said to have been codified by Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician credited as the father of Western medicine. He was certainly alive at about the right time that it could have been him, though there are often cases of ideas and […]

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19. Smallpox (Part 1)

In this episode we discuss smallpox in its earliest form – what the disease is, how it effects people, and how it was understood by those it infected. Gillian Webber joins as guest.

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