I’m back! I really missed this. In fact, this music doesn’t really capture how pleased I am to be recording again.
Now I know I’ve been gone for a bit. You might recall that I was over in the UK doing interviews and also meeting some pretty fantastic listeners. Well, that’s finished for now and over the next few weeks you’ll be hearing from the various experts I’ve been speaking to but for right now I think we need to bring to a close the saga of Unferth and his incredible collection of maladies.
And lets open up with a comment from Listener Claudia. You might recall the use of breast milk to cure Unferth’s eye troubles from the last episode? Well, Claudia says that using breast milk to treat your child’s conjunctivitis is common advice in New Zealand to this day. So some of these cures we’ve been speaking about live on.
Now in order to wrap up this discussion on medicine in a single episode, we’ll need to make this something of a catch all episode. We’re are going to cover surgery, magical cures, issues of contraception and family planning, and childbirthing. It’s going to be a busy one! So lets do this!
So surgery… Much of western medicine, I think many of you will agree, has been surgery focused. “Is something wrong with you? If so, can we cut if off? Then why are we still talking? Hand me my scalpel.”