Episode 24: W56.22xA (The Making of A Disease)

What makes a disease? And who gets to decide? Producer Cam Steele brings us a story that spans migrating uteruses in ancient Egypt, a disease that makes slaves want to run away in the antebellum south, and the accidental discovery of an erection pill while trying to treat heart disease. Join us in our journey to disassemble the concept of disease in Episode 24 of Bedside Rounds, a tiny podcast about fascinating stories in clinical medicine!

In this month’s #AdamAnswers, he discusses his #TipsforNewInterns (seriously, it’s trending on Twitter). And we introduce the Summer Shorts for this summer — and discuss how you can contribute and be on the show! (#spoileralert — Tweet me @AdamRodmanMD). This is NOT an episode! Make sure you listen to Episode 24.



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Music credits:

  • Sad Marimba Planet by Lee Rosevere
  • Pookatori and Friends by Kevin MacLeod