Episode 4: Between Skin and Bones

In the 16th century, great advances were made in anatomy. Amazingly, this didn’t lead to a single improvement in surgery, which remained crude, cruel, and lethal.

Be sure to check out the beautiful pictures in Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica, including the original skeleton that serves as mascot of this show.

For more information on the stories of Vesalius and Paré, and the harm medieval medicine did, check out David Wootton’s Bad Medicine.

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Episode 1: Bloody Beginnings

Daring 17th century doctors try their hand at blood transfusion. With fatal consequences.

Enjoyed this episode? Read more about early blood transfusion in Holly Tucker’s Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution.

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