Life Sciences

The show where real doctors tell you what’s real, what’s not, and what’s maybe possible in your favorite movies and TV shows.

Episodes

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In the second of our three Twilight related episodes, we discuss pregnancy tropes, tumors with teeth, and Deepa's favorite YouTube video. Sometimes pregnancy is not as simple as one egg and one sperm. Especially when that sperm is presumably made of rock. ...suspended in venom? If there's one thing we've figured out so far, it's that you shouldn't think too hard about the physiology behind the Cullen clan.

 

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Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 1 out of 10 hyperechoic embryonic sacs for Bella's Swan's pregnancy, 8 out of 10 sunken cheek temporal wasting Kristen Stewarts for the makeup and CG effects
  • Jen: 0.5 out of 10 styrofoam cups filled with blood for Bella Swan's pregnancy, 10 out of 10 for winning pregnancy trope bingo

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In this episode, we talk about the vampire's curse, vampire epidemics, and... rocks? Does the vampire legend have its roots in real life disease? Probably not, but we'll tell you about some interesting ones anyway! Ultimately, this ep came to be because we want to talk about a very specific scene in Twilight, but figured it would be good to provide some folkloric context first. Little did we know, all of the vampire research we did has little to nothing to do with the Cullens — oh well!

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Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 1 out of 5 non-blinking eyes
  • Jen: 0 out of 5 diamond teeth

PLAN

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Welcome to Season 2 of Docs Watch! We're back from break with a brand new slate of episodes for you. A slight change this season: we're going to switch to an every-other-week release schedule and see how that goes. But otherwise, it's more of your favorite medically-related movie ramblings!

We're kicking off Season 2 just in time for American Independence Day. So what better way to celebrate than with a discussion of the 1996 classic movie Independence Day? This movie holds up remarkably well, but we do have some questions (natch). Why are the aliens' alien suits so poorly designed? Why don't any of the scientists have better sterile technique? And what IS Jeff Goldblum's day job anyway? The truth is out there.

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Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 7 out of 10 aliens in parachutes dragged by Will Smith
  • Jen: 4.5 out of 5 tiny aliens inside bigger aliens

PLAN

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In the last episode of season one, we talk about TV/film's most favorite medical emergency: the tension pneumothorax! There's drama! There's intrigue! There's therapeutic stabbing! Okay, fine. We get it — it's pretty cool. But some movies do it better than others... Let's talk about it!

(Once again, Claire Temple is the real hero.)

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ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: Daredevil gets 8 out of 10 black medical gloves, Mad Max gets 2 out of 10 guys on floppy sticks, and Just Like Heaven gets 3 out of 10 paring knives at Italian restaurants
  • Jen: on a scale of splenic lacerations, Daredevil gets 0 out of 10, Mad Max gets 10 out of 10, and Just Like Heaven gets 10 out of 10

PLAN

Like we mentioned in the special outro to this episode, we're currently working on Season 2! So while Season 1 is complete, Docs Watch is definitely not over. What medical topics do you want to hear about? Drop us a line at docswatchpod (at) gmail dot com, or tweet at us @DocsWatchPod!

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In this episode, we talk about where the X-men get their powers. Can your DNA give you super speed AND let you control the weather AND shoot lasers out of your eyes AND do whatever it is that Rogue does? Maybe! It's all about the gene activation. It turns out, the power is in you!

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: the genomics of X-men gets a 6 out of 10 DNA rocks
  • Jen: the X-gene gets a 7.5 out of 10 radioactive spider bites

PLAN

Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

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In this episode, we talk about medical licensing, but with magic! If you wanna be a healer, there are pre-reqs for that. And minimum NEWT scores to hit. Just how heroic is Madam Pomfrey's call schedule? And does the wizarding world's pharmaceutical industry have any kind of regulation?

This episode guest stars Jen's neighbor's leaf blower!

Also, are you pro or con Krebs cycle? Let us know @DocsWatchPod!

Sidebar:

  • We recorded this ep before the one on Harry Potter and concussions, which is what we were referencing at the end of the recording. But don't worry! We have plenty more thoughts on Harry Potter.

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Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 15 out of 5 golden snitches
  • Jen: for the quality of medical training, scant out of 5 for what's in the text, and 10 out of 2 Skele-gro patents for HP in general

PLAN

Here's our version of what an Ilvermorny pre-med curriculum might look like. And also our proposed class schedules. What would your schedule look like?


Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

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In episode 7 of this season, we talk about Mad Max's terrible IV line management and the overuse of dino rex machina. Bedside organization is important even when you're working on a high speed scrap heap in the middle of a desert while being chased by War Boys. Plus, we finally take our highly anticipated trip to Jurassic World and discuss whether you can give good guy T-rex blood to a velociraptor. The main question is this: how many iterations of Jurassic Park do we need to build before someone tightens up these lax security protocols?

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

Corrections:

  • Deepa was right - it was order, not genus. Which makes sense, given that cats and dogs are definitely not the same genus. Oops!

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: Fury Road gets a 9 out of 10 for guaranteed sepsis; Fallen Kingdom gets a 7 out of 10 for a T-rex to velociraptor xenotransfusion, and a 1 out of 10 for the lack of cut-down, blind stick blood draw
  • Jen: Fury Road gets 4.5 out of 5 blood bags (half point deduction for unnecessarily stabbing Charlize Theron a second time); Fallen Kingdom gets 5 out of 5 baby Blues for cuteness, and 1 out of 5 floppy Chris Pratts escaping from lava for believability

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Shoutouts:

Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

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In this episode, we talk about why you should just say no to dueling inside of an actively erupting volcano. At least not without proper protective equipment. (But preferably not all.) Our favorite (not) medical droids make another appearance and are still in dire need of a software update. Who's in charge here anyway? And where's a scrunchy when you need one?

Sidebar:

  • We recorded this episode back in 2018, which was when Kilauea erupted.

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 2 out of 5 tubes of Neosporin
  • Jen: 3 out of 5 volcanoes
  • The medical droids, once again, get their licenses revoked.

PLAN

Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

Subscribe to our medical ramblings on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Rate, review, and tell your friends!

Got a question or suggestion? Find us on Twitter @DocsWatchPod, or visit us at docswatchpod.com.

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In this episode, we talk about the casual child endangerment of the wizarding world's favorite full contact sport, Quidditch! Is Madam Hooch up to date with brain injury management guidelines? Does Hogwarts even have a concussion protocol if they don't have a "What to Do if He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Shows Up at Hogwarts" protocol? Gravity still applies to magical worlds, and so does blunt force trauma. Which means that there is a woeful lack of helmets. What's the liability insurance sitch at Hogwarts?

Sidebar:

  • During the recording, Jen's neighbor decided to run a leaf blower in the street on and off, so that's faintly in the background. Sorry about that.

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Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 0 out of 5 for safety, 1 out of 5 for rules that make sense, 4 out of 5 for whimsy
  • Jen: 5 out of 5 for whimsy, 0 out of 5 for safety

PLAN

Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

Subscribe to our medical ramblings on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Rate, review, and tell your friends!

Got a question or suggestion? Find us on Twitter @DocsWatchPod, or visit us at docswatchpod.com.

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In episode 4, we ask the important questions about the Aquaman cinematic universe (and also spend a not insignificant amount of time thirsting after Jason Momoa).

(I mean, look at him.)

Anyway. What is up with the physiological class stratification of Atlanteans? Is blonde hair a curse? Why is Pinocchio so important to this movie? AND WHY WON'T ANYONE TALK ABOUT THE DINOSAURS??? We answer none of these questions and answer a bunch of other ones in this ep!

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

Corrections:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 7 out of 10 invisible chest gills
  • Jen: 3 out of 5 crab people for narrative coherence, 5 out of 5 Khal Drogos for Jason Momoa
  • Overall DC cinematic universe scale 15 out of 10 (only outpaced by Wonder Woman which is at 2000 out of 10)

PLAN

Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

Subscribe to our medical ramblings on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Rate, review, and tell your friends!

Got a question or suggestion? Find us on Twitter @DocsWatchPod, or visit us at docswatchpod.com.

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