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Sawbones
Presentation
Hosted bySydnee McElroy and Justin McElroy
GenreMedical, comedy
LanguageEnglish
UpdatesWeekly
Lengthc. 40 min.
Production
Opening theme"Medicines" by The Taxpayers
Ending theme"Medicines" by The Taxpayers
No. of episodes328
Publication
Original releaseJune 21, 2013[1] – present
ProviderMaximum Fun
Websitemaximumfun.org/shows/sawbones

Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine is a weekly, comedic medical podcast hosted by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband, podcaster Justin McElroy.[2] The show is distributed online by Maximum Fun.

In each episode, Sydnee discusses an element of historical medical practice, while Justin provides a comedic foil. The show normally focuses on antiquated medical practices that are unusual to modern listeners, but occasionally covers rare and unusual disorders and occurrences.[3][4]

History

Background and formation

Sydnee and Justin McElroy had previously worked together on a short podcast series entitled Losing the Sheen, focused on watching Two and a Half Men. The show only lasted nine episodes before the two became tired of it, instead starting a medical podcast based on Sydnee's expertise. While developing the idea for the show, the McElroys decided that it would be irresponsible for them to give medical advice to listeners, even with Sydnee's background. They opted instead to focus on the historical aspects, which had been an interest of Sydnee's.[5] Like other shows by the family, such as My Brother, My Brother and Me, Sawbones is distributed via the Maximum Fun network.

Sawbones has aired over 300 episodes with content on "medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we’ve tried to fix people over the years."[6]

Sawbones Live

Sawbones has on occasion been performed live, such as the November 2nd, 2017 performance at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington, WV.[7]

Live performances

The Horrifying, Hilarious Road To Modern Medicine

In June 2018, a book adaptation of the podcast was announced, under the title The Sawbones Book: The Horrifying, Hilarious Road To Modern Medicine.[27] Published by Weldon Owen, the book became available in October 2018.[28] The book showed up in the top 10 Audible bestsellers for the week ending April 5, 2019.[29] The book was illustrated by Sydnee's sibling, Teylor Smirl.[30]

References

  1. ^ "Sawbones 1: Trepanation - Maximum Fun". www.maximumfun.org. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "The McElroy Brothers Talk About Moving From Podcasts To TV". February 2, 2017. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Fast-Lane Listening: The Best Podcasts for Road Trips in 2018". April 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Beat Your Holy Week Boredom With These 6 Podcasts". April 15, 2017. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "'Sawbones,' 'We Got This' playing Philadelphia Podcast Festival". Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine". Maximum Fun. June 19, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Turnbull, Rebecca. "McElroy family podcasts to record at Keith-Albee – The Parthenon". marshallparthenon.com. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Warts". Maximum Fun. May 27, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  9. ^ "Spontaneous Combustion". Maximum Fun. August 26, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  10. ^ "Appalachian Folk Medicine". Maximum Fun. December 23, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  11. ^ "Birds". Maximum Fun. September 2, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  12. ^ "Cats". Maximum Fun. September 10, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  13. ^ "Christmas Is Trying to Kill You". Maximum Fun. December 23, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  14. ^ "Pliny the Elder". Maximum Fun. June 9, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  15. ^ "Tea". Maximum Fun. July 22, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  16. ^ "Santa Is Sick". Maximum Fun. December 24, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  17. ^ "McElroy Family to podcast live for 30th anniversary Yeager Symposium". University Communications. October 16, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  18. ^ "Norovirus". Maximum Fun. March 17, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  19. ^ "The Clap". Maximum Fun. May 25, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  20. ^ "The Mütter Museum". Maximum Fun. July 20, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  21. ^ "Coffee". Maximum Fun. December 16, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  22. ^ "Hepatitis A". Maximum Fun. May 19, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  23. ^ "A Sawbones Special Presentation: A Medicine Called Christmas". Maximum Fun. December 24, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  24. ^ "Pinworms". Maximum Fun. April 7, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  25. ^ "The Chattanooga Medicine Company". Maximum Fun. July 19, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  26. ^ "Hydrotherapy". Maximum Fun. September 8, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  27. ^ Rife, Katie (June 25, 2018). "Urine luck, Sawbones fans: Justin and Sydnee wrote a book, and we've got the exclusive". The A.V. Club. G/O Media. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  28. ^ McElroy, Justin; McElroy, Dr. Sydnee (October 9, 2018). The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine. Weldon Owen. ISBN 978-1681883816.
  29. ^ Business, P. M. N. (April 9, 2019). "The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com | Financial Post". Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  30. ^ Sawbones (November 13, 2018). "The Sawbones Book is Out Now!". The McElroy Family. Retrieved June 17, 2020.