Aug 6, 2018
For thousands of years,
bloodletting was the standard of care for any number of medical
conditions, but at the turn of the nineteenth century, often
acrimonious debates about the practice would lead to a new method
of medical knowledge. The first of a multi-part series on the birth
of population medicine, this episode visits the controversies
surrounding the death of George Washington and Benjamin Rush’s
bleeding of Philadelphia during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic and
asks the big question -- how do doctors truly “know” what actually
helps their patients? Plus, a brand new #AdamAnswers about military
metaphors in medicine. All this and more on Episode 37 of Bedside
Rounds, a tiny podcast about fascinating stories in clinical
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