Podcast of the Week: This Won’t Hurt a Bit

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This podcast is good for those who are interested in: Emergency Medicine, the history of science and medicine, medical ethics, medical humanities

Typical length of episodes: 30 minutes (with the exception of a brief special report and end-of-season bloopers)

How often a new episode comes out: About once a month

Episode topics: car crashes, holiday mishaps, extreme running, concussions, movie medicine, parasites, influenza, foreign bodies

Sample episode — “Voices and Wonderlands”: This episode starts by recounting the historic work of Nellie Bly, one of the first female investigative journalists in America. In 1887, Bly infiltrated an asylum for 10 days to report on how mentally ill patients were being abused by the facility. One hundred years later in rural Australia, the episode takes listeners through the country’s recession and focuses on societal failures with mental health. It also explains how the term “Alice in Wonderland Syndrome” came into existence.

About the hosts: Mel Herbert, MD was born in Australia and studied medicine at Monash University in Melbourne. He is currently an attending physician and professor of Emergency Medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Herbert is internationally known as the owner and editor of EM:RAP, an Emergency Medicine focused podcast that started in 2001. He supports solar power and the consumption of Diet Coke.

Dave Mason is a producer and creative contributor for several other medical podcasts, including EM:RAP where he serves as their resident illustrator. He has an extensive background in theater production and illustration.

Jessica Mason, MD was an award-winning ventriloquist before she decided to study medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. She is wrapping up her residency training at Case Western Reserve University and starting a fellowship in medical education soon. She claims to able to identify 30 southern California birds by sound alone, and enjoys clever internet memes.

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