Summer Shorts #2 – Corrupted Blood

  In 2005, a mysterious plague called Corrupted Blood hit the online denizens of World of Warcraft, ripping through cities and decimating player characters. After the smoke cleared, it became clear that this virtual plague shared many characteristics with real-world diseases and almost immediately attracted the attention of researchers. In […]


Episode 26: The God Squad

The invention of dialysis — essentially artificial kidneys for people with kidney failure — revolutionized medicine. It also started a debate about medical rationing and ethics that rages to this day. Producer Cam Steele brings us a story about the God Squad, the group of lay people and doctors tasked […]


Summer Shorts #1 – The Eclipse

The eclipse is coming! Get out your eclipse glasses (or your camera obscura, if you didn’t prepare like me), and enjoy a review of the medical literature on eclipses with our guest Dr. Avi O’Glasser in our first summer short. Beyond solar retinopathy (a very good reason to not look […]


Episode 25: Salt Water

Intravenous or IV fluids are a ubiquitous treatment in medicine, and one of the most cost-effective treatments that we have, costing less than a cup of coffee in the developing world. But it wasn’t always this way. In this episode, called Salt Water, we go back to the second great […]