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Medieval Medicine: Does it work? with Joe Alcock

There’s talk in the news from time to time about the surprising efficacy of medieval medicine. Does it actually work? This week, Danièle speaks with emergency physician and wilderness medicine expert Dr. Joe Alcock about which medieval remedies really could work in a pinch, and why.

Joe Alcock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico. His research is focused on evolution and the human microbiota. Click here to read his blog EvolutionMedicine or follow him on Twitter @JoeAlcockMD.


Dr. Alcock and Danièle were recent participants in The Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting, and you can watch some of their sessions via Youtube:

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The host of The Medieval Podcast is Danièle Cybulskie. Click here to visit her website or follow her on Twitter @5MinMedievalist


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Podcast editing done by Noah Tetzner, who is also the host of The History of Vikings podcast

Top Image: Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 6866, fol. 279r


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