The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine

The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine

A compelling, often hilarious and occasionally horrifying exploration of how modern medicine came to be! Wondering whether eating powdered mummies might be just the thing to cure your ills? Tempted by those vintage ads suggesting you wear radioactive underpants for virility? Ever considered drilling a hole in your head to deal with those pesky headaches? Probably not. But f A compelling, often hilarious and occasionally horrifying exploration of how modern medicine came to be! Wondering...

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Title:The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine
Author:Justin McElroy
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:216 pages pages

The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine Reviews

  • Trin
    Nov 21, 2018
    I love Justin and Sydnee, but as others have pointed out, this book is poorly proofed and copy edited to an embarrassing, painful degree. Text is transposed and repeated. Words are missing, punctuation is randomly placed--pretty much every typographical error you can imagine is present...
  • Leah
    Dec 01, 2018
    Easily a 5 for content (even if none of it was new to me) and the gorgeous layout (illustrations, sidebars for 'fun' facts)...but the book loses MAJOR points for the awful editing. I can honestly say I have never come across as many typos and glaring errors in a book as I did while rea...
  • Jeb
    Jan 03, 2019
    This is good. It maintains the humor and personality of the podcast and the layout and illustrations are fantastic. It probably could have used some more extensive copy editing, and my copy--like many others, it seems--is missing a number of pages at the end (including, presumably, all...
  • Bryan
    Dec 20, 2018
    If you?re a regular Sawbones listener, most of the information in here will be familiar. But it?s nice to have it all in one place, and at least all the jokes are new! I think Sawbones works better as a podcast, but this is a great read for non-podcasty types. However, the first...
  • Danielle
    Nov 04, 2018
    The content of this book is great. Sydnee and Justin's contrasting takes on Kellogg was one of the funniest things I've ever read, and Teylor's art is wonderful. But I had bought this book to give to my brother, a doctor, as a Christmas gift, and I just can't do it - not because the bo...
  • Zumie
    Nov 24, 2018
    While this book could definitely use a redraft for technical errors, I understand there were behind-the-scenes technical issues such as the publisher more or less abandoning them to remove pages wholesale, glue some together, and leaving them to handle a lot of the heavy work. It's sad...
  • Devann
    Nov 20, 2018
    Ok, does this book have some technical issues? Yes. Does it in any way detract from how enjoyable it is overall? Well, I would say no but judging from a lot of the reviews I'm much in the minority in that opinion. There are several typos in the book - from repeated words to misspel...
  • Diane S ☔
    Feb 06, 2019
    We are lucky that we can read a book like this and be grateful that though medicine today is far from perfect, it has certainly come a very long way. This is a gorgeous book, the cover, the full color illustrations and ads inside. We can laugh at some of them now, but people in the pas...
  • Kaitlynn
    Feb 03, 2019
    I wish to preface this with: I know Sawbones is a podcast that exists, but I have never listened to it and am unfamiliar with its creators and style. In other words, I came into this book blind. I started with the print edition. The layout was visually attractive, similar to an inf...
  • Jackie B!
    Oct 20, 2018
    I loved reading this book! It's funny and informative. The only reason this book didn't get 5 stars is because there were some major editing errors. Hopefully the typos all get fixed in the second printing. ...
  • Lissa
    Nov 03, 2018
    I?m not sure what I expected from this book but it exceeded those expectations. There are a few typos but the book is so interesting that it well makes up for it. I was inspired to start listening to the podcast thanks to the book and would also strongly recommend that. ...
  • Billie Cotterman
    Oct 24, 2018
    I really enjoy this book. It's very much like the podcast, which I also enjoy. However, there are a lot of problems with the book itself. There are many, many typos, which are distracting. The paper is sturdy, but to the point where it was difficult to turn pages because they kept stic...
  • Caleb
    Jan 08, 2019
    This book is fantastic. Yes, the editor should be run out of town on a rail, summarily fired from their publishing company, and possibly sued for damages, but Justin and Sydnee have created something special that is as fun as it is informative and should be treasured by all. ...
  • Mary Rose
    Oct 20, 2018
    It's kind of like the grown-up version of those gross science books you're supposed to give to preteen and teenage boys when they're growing up because apparently boogers are the only way to introduce them to loving science or whatever. That being said, I love Justin and Sydnee and I'm...
  • Janta
    Dec 18, 2018
    An amusing, quick to read book about some of the dumb things people have tried in the name of medicine. If you're already familiar with the Sawbones podcast there is not much in the way of new material here. That said, it's clear that the McElroys took the time to actually review their...
  • Elliott Barnett
    Dec 06, 2018
    Overall, a joyous experience. If by any chance you are reading this, Justin McElroy--please allow me, an English teacher, to edit this work--free of charge. ...
  • Stephanie
    Nov 06, 2018
    This is my favorite podcast, so I was excited to get my hands on this book. Unfortunately it fell a little flat. First, if you listen to the podcast or enjoy medical history this book is not going to add to you knowledge. That isn?t a negative. Just be aware that it?s more of an in...
  • Ksenia
    Dec 03, 2018
    Another McElroy family product! How strange the phenomenon of podcast turned into book is. Sydnee and Justin did a great job bringing their mix of facts, banter, and myth dispelling to the page, and as much as I love books I truly hope this turns more people on to their podcast. ...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 18, 2019
    The book was funny and smart and exactly what I wanted and expected, being a fan of the podcast. Unfortunately, the publisher leaves a lot to be desired. I found several typos that were a bit jarring, and the credit for the images in the book is less than robust! I wanted to know w...
  • Jessica Hadac
    Nov 11, 2018
    If you're a fan of the podcast, you won't be disappointed in the content of the book. I laughed out loudly at every section more than once. That being said, I had to take a star away for the poor editing and construction of the book itself. The spelling, grammatical, and typesetting er...
  • Erik
    Feb 06, 2019
    Just as wonderful as the podcast - including witty asides from both Justin and Sydnee scattered throughout. ...
  • ellis
    Jan 10, 2019
    as a sawbones/mcelroy fan, i was suuuper excited for this! and i wasn't disappointed. the book for this was stunning - i flipped through and read sections. it's well formatted and full of typical mcelroy humor. i'm gonna copy and paste this and review both editions. but the audio fe...
  • Ryan Wait
    Jan 19, 2019
    This is a fantastic adaptation of the podcast - it maintains the exact tone and humour that is so iconic to all the McElroy media, and I hope that having it available as a book now will introduce many more people to Sawbones who were perhaps not into the podcast format. It should be no...
  • Jared Pechacek
    Nov 21, 2018
    It's fine. The problem is twofold: it's basically a retread of the show so far, with very little new material; and it tries too hard to capture the essence of the show, which is the bantering dynamic between Sydnee [pause for cheers to die down] and Justin. But that dynamic doesn't tra...
  • Liz
    Nov 12, 2018
    This is a tough review to write. I love the podcast and I think that this book hits a lot of the same notes which made for an entertaining and informative read. The information covered was well researched and presented in an approachable and interesting way. I think it would be a good ...
  • Science (Fiction) Comedy Horror and Fantasy Geek/Nerd
    Dec 17, 2018
    People's creativity is shown in special medical agony options to deteriorate the state of health. Please note that I have put the original German text to the end of this review. Just if you might be interested. In the retrospective, many things are unbelievable and it is difficul...
  • McKenzie Rankin
    Nov 01, 2018
    In terms of content, this book was wonderful. Funny, informative, and descriptive enough that I had to put it down several times to let the nausea pass. I fully expect that I'll pull this back off the shelf occasionally when I suddenly have an urge to remember why people kept eating ot...
  • Mel
    Jan 11, 2019
    I so desperately want to give this a higher review. I love Justin and Sydnee, but their chemistry just didn't transfer to print as well as it could have. Unfortunately, whether this was due to the quality of the humor and ideas or the abysmal editing, I'm unsure. As other reviews have ...
  • Allison Robertson
    Jan 12, 2019
    I have loved Justin and Sydnee McElroy?s podcast, Sawbones, from the very beginning. When I heard that they were writing a book, I couldn?t wait to read it. The book overall is a fantastic read. For those who want to learn something new, you?ll read about everything from the cre...
  • M.L. Abbott
    Jan 30, 2019
    I absolutely love the Sawbones podcast, so when one of my friends bought me this as a gift I was excited to read it. The McElroy's (Mr. & Dr. respectively) do an absolutely fantastic job telling stories both new and familiar to fans of the podcast. Unfortunately, to anyone who ...