Self Surgery

What do you do if you’re the only doctor on a Soviet Antarctic expedition and your appendix starts acting up? If you’re not a wuss, you operate on yourself like Leonid Rogozov! If you’re a Caustic Soda host, you cry in a corner until it explodes and you die painfully.

This episode you’ll hear about a great many people of great will and their amazing self-surgeries!

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Song: Dem Dry Bones by the Delta Rhythm Boys

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Movie Reviews

DIE HARD
Toren: 7/10
Joe: 8/10
Kevin: 8/10

THE TERMINATOR
Toren: 8/10
Joe: 8/10
Kevin: 8/10

PI
Toren: 8/10
Joe: Can’t remember well enough to rate
Kevin: 6/10

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
Toren: 7/10
Joe: 4/10
Kevin: 9/10

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Toren: 9/10
Joe: 7/10
Kevin: 9/10

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
Toren: 8/10
Joe: 9/10
Kevin: 8/10

PAN’S LABYRINTH
Toren: 7/10
Joe: 8/10
Kevin: 9/10

PUNISHER (Thomas Jane)
Kevin: 7/10

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  • Eric Poulton
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    There are a couple video games with self surgery. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater had it. If Snake got an injury, you couldn’t restore your health until you fixed the injury. You had to dig out bullets, set and splint broken bones, bandage burns, etc. It was actually the one part of an otherwise fantastic game that didn’t really work.

    The other game that comes to mind is Far Cry 2. This video speaks for itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENswNs3Q-Fg

  • Grim
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    If I remember correctly, in Fallout 2 you could remove (and subsequently eat) an extra toe gained from wading through too much radiation.

  • banks!
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    Antarctica is a breeding ground for self surgery! More recently was the female doctor who had breast cancer and was forced to perform her own biopsy.

    http://www.abc.net.au/am/stories/s37900.htm

    Sadly, she recently passed from her cancer. Someone as tough as her deserved better.

  • banks!
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    Antarctica is a breeding ground for self surgery! More recently was the female doctor who had breast cancer and was forced to perform her own biopsy.

    http://www.abc.net.au/am/stories/s37900.htm

    Sadly, she recently passed from her cancer. Someone as tough as her deserved better.

  • marlo
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    Why, WHY do I always listen to this podcast during breakfast?!

  • Naven
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    Hey Toren, did I ever tell you about the guy I knew that took out his own tooth?
    (Razor blade, pliers, under the counter anesthetic)

  • Toren
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    Naven: no – send it to us in an email and we may read it out on a future episode!

  • Toren
    Reply

    Naven: no – send it to us in an email and we may read it out on a future episode!

  • SewDotCoe
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    FOLLOWUP:

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/californian-man-tries-remove-his-hernia-knife

    A man tried to remove a hernia with a butter knife, then tried cauterizing the wound with a lit cigarette. He was placed on pyschiatric hold for 72 hours. Oh, and he was naked on a patio lounger when paramedics arrived. Oh, California.

  • Keeffer
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    i get wicked migraines and am convinced trepanation would cure me. of course i can’t get a doctor to agree. maybe the trepanation society can help me out. then i’ll run for government.

  • Keeffer
    Reply

    i get wicked migraines and am convinced trepanation would cure me. of course i can’t get a doctor to agree. maybe the trepanation society can help me out. then i’ll run for government.

  • Fred
    Reply

    The Gentleman’s Guide to Amputation:

    http://imgur.com/zVrVM

  • Angel
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    While it’s not important to the plot, in Dead Like Me (Showtime dark comedy series) Mason death is by trepanation. I found that scene inappropriately funny.

    http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0027359/bio

  • Angel
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    While it’s not important to the plot, in Dead Like Me (Showtime dark comedy series) Mason death is by trepanation. I found that scene inappropriately funny.

    http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0027359/bio

  • Derek Weber
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    I’m a little disappointed. I was considering a little self surgery to remove an enflamed taste bud in my tongue (ie giant lump on my tongue) that’s been bugging me for about a year, but tonight it came off, presumably with dinner. :( Also bummed that I didn’t take a pic for you.

    Great ep. :)

  • Cat
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    The Ruins – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0963794/

    A valiant attempt at self surgery at the ending of the film!

  • Cat
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    The Ruins – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0963794/

    A valiant attempt at self surgery at the ending of the film!

  • Sigurd
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    Taint so bad in Joe’s intro totally killed me haha. 😀

  • Roel Hogervorst
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    oooooh! I had the privilege to see the anatomical medical museum in the hospital in Leiden. And lo and behold, there is a painting and a leather cup with a eggshaped thingy there. I started smiling and get all enthousiastic and the host of the museum says: ” oh, you know what this is?”. Oh I was soo excited!
    I forgot to take a picture, but the bladderstone of Jan de Doet is on displayed in the Leiden University Anatomical Museum! It was awesome!

  • Roel Hogervorst
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    oh, it less spectacular, he had other stones removed as well.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_de_Doot
    Still. Awesome to see it on display!

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