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The History of Medicine
7 minutes | 6 days ago
4.14 - Caramel
This week, we finally start trying to treat severe mental illness. The earliest progress dates back to around the 1920s, which is when we started giving patients fevers on purpose, and dropping their blood sugar to induce comas. Not a great start. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
11 minutes | 12 days ago
4.13 - The DSM: The Final Battle
Sorry this is a little late, was a bit under the weather last week.This episode, we talk about the creation of the Feigner criteria, which Spitzer used to radically change the DSM-III, and finally, the DSM-III gets released for real.Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
10 minutes | a month ago
4.12 - The DSM: Spitzer's Compromise
This week, we learn about Robert Spitzer, who would someday lead the effort to create the third edition of the DSM. But first, we learn about his interesting path to involvement with the DSM at all, and his role in de-classifying homosexuality as a mental illness. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
8 minutes | a month ago
4.11 - The DSM: Edge of Extinction
This week, we talk about some of the weaknesses of the early DSM, namely that diagnosis was still pretty inconsistent, which leads to another credibility crisis for psychiatry. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
9 minutes | a month ago
4.10 - The DSM: The First Edition
This week, the lack of standards for diagnosis cause problems for the US military, and finally the psychiatrists themselves, leading to the creation of the first edition of the DSM. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
7 minutes | 2 months ago
4.9 - The DSM: Insane and Idiotic
This week we'll talk about the origins of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM for short. It starts with the United States census very unscientifically trying to study mental illness, and Emil Kraepelin fixing things up over in Europe. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
0 minutes | 2 months ago
Feel Better, Jojo!
Sorry, no episode this week! My editor Jojo is sick, and I don't want to give her a big backlog of episodes to review until she's better. Stay safe everyone, and hopefully you'll hear from me next week. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
11 minutes | 2 months ago
4.8 - The Shrinks Get Big
This week, we talk about how psychoanalysts take over the practice of psychiatry in the United States, successfully infiltrating the American Psychiatric Association, Hollywood, and even a little bit of the government.Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
8 minutes | 2 months ago
4.7 - Freud: Far From Home
This week, Freud visits the United States... and very little changes, until the rise of the Nazis and World War II. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
7 minutes | 3 months ago
4.6 - Freud: Civil War
This week, Freud goes on a war path, expelling all who disagree with him. No one is safe, even the founding members of the Wednesday Psychological Society. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
7 minutes | 3 months ago
4.5 - Freud: The Spread
Thanks for waiting everyone. This week, we continue the saga of Sigmund Freud, and talk about how he first began to rise to prominence. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
1 minutes | 3 months ago
We'll Be Right Back...
Unfortunately, there’s not going to be an episode this week on account of me moving into a new house, and having a bunch of work suddenly appear over the weekend. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned; we'll be back to normal episodes next week.
8 minutes | 3 months ago
4.3 - Freud: Origins
This week, we start talking about Sigmund Freud, his earliest exploits in medicine, and then the basics of his psychoanalytic theory. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
6 minutes | 3 months ago
4.3 - The Alienist Invasion
This week, we talk about the alienists, and their reforms to asylums of the mid 1800s. Phillipe Pinel is to lay the groundwork, but still no major progress is made in terms of treatment of psychological disease. A Painting of Pinel Releasing PatientsCheck out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
6 minutes | 4 months ago
4.2 - Brain Mythology
This week, we talk about the biological psychiatry movement of the mid to late 1800s. Its most important discovery: Alzheimer's disease. And that's about it. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
8 minutes | 4 months ago
4.1 - Mesmerizing
We're back, with season 4, about mental illness. We'll start this week in the 1770s, with Franz Mesmer, who "discovered" animal magnetism, and accidentally actually discovered hypnosis. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
9 minutes | 5 months ago
3.30 - The Future
This week we'll wrap up the season with a discussion about the future of public health. We talk about recent trends and how things will probably go, regarding preventative and curative efforts. Next season: Mental illness.Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
9 minutes | 6 months ago
3.29 - The Who's WHO
This week, we re-visit international public health efforts, with the formation of the World Health Organization in 1948. We talk about some of their greatest achievements and responsibilities, and some of the recent controversies too. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
7 minutes | 6 months ago
3.28 - The Rest of US
This week, we wrap up our episodes about health insurance by talking about the United States, and its rather complex mix of health insurance and delivery systems.Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
8 minutes | 6 months ago
3.27 - O Canada
This week, we cross the ocean to Canada, where the first nationalized health insurance was set up. It started in a province called Saskatchewan, and gained in popularity until it became a national program. Check out our website!E-mail me!Say hi on Facebook!
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