The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits


This week on Sawbones, Sydnee and Justin are back with, and we don't think we're exaggerating here: The weirdest story they've ever told.

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puerperal fever

Hi Sydnee and Justin!
I love your show, and have listened to just about every episode. I was wondering whether you would mind including rough bibliographies for each episode, for nerds like me who would like to learn more.

Additionally, I think you should do an episode about puerperal fever! It took doctors an obscenely long time to realize that they were killing women in childbirth by refusing to wash their hands. Here is a paragraph from the Wikipedia article:
From the 1600s through the mid to late 1800s, the majority of childbed fever cases were caused by the doctors themselves. With no knowledge of germs, doctors did not believe hand washing was needed. Statements like that of Charles Meigs, a leading obstetrician and teacher from Philadelphia, were the attitude of the time: "Doctors are gentlemen, and gentlemen's hands are clean." In the 1800s Ignaz Semmelweis noticed that women giving birth at home had a much lower incidence of childbed fever than those giving birth in the doctor's maternity ward. His investigation discovered that washing hands with an antiseptic solution before a delivery reduced childbed fever fatalities by 90%. Publication of his findings was not well received by the medical profession. The idea conflicted both with the existing medical concepts and with the image doctors had of themselves. The scorn and ridicule of doctors was so extreme that Semmelweis moved from Vienna and was eventually committed to a mental asylum where he died.

The rabbit woman

What are the chances that twice in one week I heard about this lady. First on your wonderful show, then it was covered in a BBC program:

Why "journey" could also mean "day"

In French, of which Latin is also a root (diurnata), "journee" is the word for "day".

I've been binging on your amazing podcast!

I love your podcast, I'll be donating once i Have some things together. but one thing that bothers me is your confusion about the plural of genus. The plural of Genus is Genera; Not Geni or Genuses. Keep making great podcasts, I think I only have 3-4 left to listen to!

- Jason

great episode

Thanks for another great episode guys. I wish there were more podcasts out there that mixed good comedy with genuine critical thinking (not just critical remarks). Thanks also for "moving on".