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Interviews with doctors and scholars of medicine about their new books.

Paula S. De Vos, "Compound Remedies: Galenic Pharmacy from the Ancient Mediterranean to New Spain" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2020)

June 23, 2024

Compound Remedies

Paula S. De Vos
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Compound Remedies: Galenic Pharmacy from the Ancient Mediterranean to New Spain (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020) by Dr. Paula S. De Vos examines…

Judith Vitale et al., "Drugs and the Politics of Consumption in Japan" (Brill, 2023)

June 22, 2024

Drugs and the Politics of Consumption in Japan

Judith Vitale, Miriam Kingsberg Kadia, and Oleg Benesch
Hosted by Ran Zwigenberg

In early modern Japan, upper status groups coveted pills and powders made of exotic foreign ingredients such as mummy and rhinoceros horn. By the earl…

Alex V. Barnard, "Conservatorship: Inside California's System of Coercion and Care for Mental Illness" (Columbia UP, 2023)

June 18, 2024

Conservatorship

Alex V. Barnard
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Is involuntary psychiatric treatment the solution to the intertwined crises of untreated mental illness, homelessness, and addiction? In recent years,…

Dasha Kiper, "Travelers to Unimaginable Lands: Stories of Dementia, the Caregiver, and the Human Brain" (Random House, 2023)

June 18, 2024

Travelers to Unimaginable Lands

Dasha Kiper
Hosted by Stephen Dozeman

If you’ve ever worked with dementia patients before, you know how unique and bizarre the experience can be, and how little the stereotypes actuall…

Carl Elliott, "The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No" (Norton, 2024)

June 12, 2024

The Occasional Human Sacrifice

Carl Elliot
Hosted by Claire Clark

The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No (Norton, 2024) is an intellectual inquiry into the moral struggle t…

Andrew McDowell, "Breathless: Tuberculosis, Inequality, and Care in Rural India" (Stanford UP, 2024)

June 10, 2024

Breathless

Andrew McDowell
Hosted by Yadong Li

Each year in India more than two million people fall sick with tuberculosis (TB), an infectious, airborne, and potentially deadly lung disease. The co…

Michele Goodwin, "Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

June 8, 2024

Policing the Womb

Michele Goodwin
Hosted by Jane Richards

Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2020) a brilliant but shocking account of the cr…

Claire Weeda, "Ethnicity in Medieval Europe 950-1250: Medicine, Power and Religion" (Boydell and Brewer, 2021)

June 2, 2024

Ethnicity in Medieval Europe 950-1250

Claire Weeda
Hosted by Evan Zarkadas

Students in twelfth-century Paris held slanging matches, branding the English drunkards, the Germans madmen and the French as arrogant. On Crusade, ar…

Tom Mueller, "How to Make a Killing: Blood, Death and Dollars in American Medicine" (Norton, 2023)

May 29, 2024

How to Make a Killing: Blood, Death and Dollars in American Medicine

Tom Mueller
Hosted by Meghan Cochran

Dialysis is a medical miracle, a treatment that allows people with kidney failure to live when otherwise they would die. It also provides a captive cu…

Assaf Tamari, "God as Patient: The Medical Discourse of Lurianic Kabbalah" (Magnes Press, 2023)

May 20, 2024

God as Patient

Assaf Tamari
Hosted by Yakir Englander

In a broken world, in which even God Himself is in a state of deep crisis, what is required in order to mend the rupture? How can one heal God and His…

Lucy Barnhouse, "Hospitals in Communities of the Late Medieval Rhineland" (Amsterdam UP, 2023)

May 7, 2024

Hospitals in Communities of the Late Medieval Rhineland

Lucy Barnhouse
Hosted by Jana Byars

Lucy Barnhouse of Arkansas State University talks with Jana Byars about her new book, Hospitals in Communities of the Late Medieval Rhineland: Houses …

Rustam Alexander, "Gay Lives and ‘Aversion Therapy’ in Brezhnev’s Russia, 1964–1982" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2023)

May 6, 2024

Gay Lives and ‘Aversion Therapy’ in Brezhnev’s Russia, 1964–1982

Rustam Alexander

Rustam Alexander's Gay Lives and 'Aversion Therapy' in Brezhnev's Russia, 1964-1982 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023) examines the autobiographies and diarie…

Tanisha M. Fazal, "Military Medicine and the Hidden Costs of War" (Oxford UP, 2024)

May 5, 2024

Military Medicine and the Hidden Costs of War

Tanisha M. Fazal
Hosted by Lamis Abdelaaty

Decisions to go to war are often framed in cost-benefit terms, and typically such assessments do not factor in longer term costs. However, recent dram…

Reiki and the Subtle Body, with Justin B. Stein

May 4, 2024

Reiki and the Subtle Body

Justin B. Stein
Hosted by Pierce Salguero

Dr Pierce Salguero sits down with Justin B. Stein, a specialist in modern Japanese religion and the preeminent historian of Reiki. We discuss Justin’s…

The Contagion of Covid Policy: Dr. Jay Bhattacharya on Freedom of Speech

May 3, 2024

The Contagion of Covid Policy

Jay Bhattacharya
Hosted by Annika Nordquist

After a storied career as a health policy expert, Stanford Medicine's Dr. Jay Bhattacharya's work became a political focal point during the COVID-19 p…

Christian Hansel, "Memory Makes the Brain: The Biological Machinery That Uses Experiences To Shape Individual Brains" (World Scientific, 2021)

April 30, 2024

Memory Makes the Brain

Christian Hansel

If you're interested in memory, you'll find a lot in Memory Makes the Brain: The Biological Machinery That Uses Experiences To Shape Individual Brains…

Jessica Cox, "Confinement: The Hidden History of Maternal Bodies in Nineteenth-Century Britain" (The History Press, 2023)

April 21, 2024

Confinement

Jessica Cox
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Covering a fascinating period of population growth, high infant mortality and deep social inequality, rapid medical advances and pseudoscientific quac…

Susan Partovi, "Renegade M.D.: A Doctor's Stories from the Streets" (Bookbaby, 2024)

April 21, 2024

Renegade M.D.

Susan Partovi
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Dr. Susan Partovi first experienced poverty medicine volunteering at a dump site in Tijuana during high school. There, she recognized the need for all…

Fumilayo Showers, "Migrants Who Care: West Africans Working and Building Lives in U.S. Health Care" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

April 21, 2024

Migrants Who Care

Fumilayo Showers
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

As the U.S. population ages and as health care needs become more complex, demand for paid care workers in home and institutional settings has increase…

Coreen McGuire, "Measuring Difference, Numbering Normal: Setting the Standards for Disability in the Interwar Period" (Manchester UP, 2020)

April 20, 2024

Measuring Difference, Numbering Normal

Coreen McGuire
Hosted by Shu Wan

Measurements, and their manipulation, have been underestimated as crucial historical forces motivating and guiding the way we think about disability. …