The Ricky Gervais Guide to... MEDICINE

  • by Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, & Karl Pilkington
  • Narrated by Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, & Karl Pilkington
  • 0 hrs and 53 mins
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The Ricky Gervais Guide to... MEDICINE
Here's the first in a series of in-depth discussions on a variety of subjects relating to humanity's greatest endeavors.
Around the table, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, and the glabrous luminary Karl Pilkington.
In this episode, MEDICINE, we explore the treatment of human ailments through history - from trepanation (or 'oles in the 'ed) in early tribal societies right through to the possible, if improbable, future of medical technology.
Ricky Steve and Karl offer a uniquely ill-informed appraisal, from medicine's superstitious roots in shamanism, the beginnings of empiricism, and on to today's holistic ideal.
Areas of discussion include the dangers of leaving yoghurt pots in fridges; how over-enthusiastic janitors can stifle scientific progress; how hygiene impacts on immunity; Karl's ideas on empathic diagnosis; fruit-based contraception; the risks of eye surgery; the politics of treating obesity; conjugal care-workers; geriatric clinical trials; Karl's take on palliative care; and the inevitable anal-probing....


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Best there has been for a while

Quality has varied since the first, stupendously funny Ricky Gervais show podcasted 13 free episodes. Only the most desperate fans (like me) were happy with Season 5, although it was at least better than the terrible Season 2.

This installment (call it Season 6, part 1?) is good, and makes me suspect that the upcoming installments in this series on other topics will be equally good stuff.

If you are new to the Ricky Gervais show, do NOT start with this one. You can pick up the complete Season 1 on Audible for a very reasonable price and it is well worth it, plus you get context that makes later stuff funnier.
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- Wilson "Lord of petty electronics"

Back In Form

About halfway through the second series of podcasts it felt like the guys were just phoning it in. It was really dull to listen to with the fourth series but with this focused outing they are back in classic form. With the exception of vastly increased profanity from Ricky this is awesome.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-23-2008
  • Publisher: Glyn Hughes