Sawbones: Syphilis


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin talk about the latest hot trends in mercury fumigation as they explore the history of syphilis.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers


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My boss's grandfather was a doctor in the Panamanian countryside

I am told when he did surgery, he would coat the organs in honey before he closed up to help prevent infection.

What other odd things have people (medically) done with honey?


Boiling point of mercury

The boiling point of mercury is 356.7 degrees celsius (674.06 F). I've got no idea how they steamed themselves in mercury without getting severely scalded.


The Syphilis Poem

This "teaching poem" was awesome! I have forwarded it to our Chief Residents, our local ID person, and our Residency Director (also ID) who has threatened to set it to music. Keep up the good work!

Regards, and don't drill a hole in your head.

Arthur S. Harrow MD, FACP
Director, Ambulatory Medicine
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore