We trust doctors with our lives; they are some of the most educated and well-respected members of society. But what happens if they can’t diagnose a patient? This high stake medical procedural follows patients as they suffer from bizarre, often terrifying illnesses. None of which doctors learned about in medical school. Medical Mysteries is a Parcast Original, with new episodes every Tuesday.
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On this day in 1969, the Zodiac Killer’s last confirmed victim was shot and killed.
A sleeping sickness that swept its way across the globe after World War I vanishes almost as abruptly as it arrived.
Swelling of the brain. Involuntary movements. Extreme exhaustion. A little-known and poorly understood disease swept its way across in the globe in the aftermath of World War I. But as the number of diagnoses swelled, so did the confusion. Agreeing on the symptoms was hard enough, how could anyone hope to find a cure?
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In 1991, President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized with an erratic heartbeat. For three tense days, the nation watched with bated breath, planning for the worst - until the doctor came back with a surprising diagnosis.
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Once modern medicine recognized Fatal Familial Insomnia as a disease, it faced a greater challenge of finding a cure. With research ongoing, the answer may lie in similar medical mysteries which have plagued humanity for centuries.
Inability to sleep. Loss of coordination. Slow, painful loss of mental faculties. These are the symptoms of a mysterious disease, passed on through generations of one family. For centuries, they believed they were cursed, until the modern era brought them a diagnosis.
Drooping eyelids. Difficulty swallowing. Weak arms. None of these symptoms by themselves seem particularly deadly. Nor do they seem like they could all be symptoms of the same illness. But they are. And the illness does kill - suddenly, and without warning. A diagnosis evaded doctors for centuries. With such a mysterious background, it seemed that a treatment for the disease was impossible.
With conventional medicine proving unable to cure her case of intractable hiccups, Jennifer Mee turned to unorthodox methods to get them under control. However, in 2013, the hiccups turned out to be the least of Jennifer's problems.
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In 2007, 15-year-old Jennifer Mee began to hiccup. Seven weeks later, she still hadn't stopped. As doctors struggled to cure Jennifer's condition, she began to wonder if she'd have them for the rest of her life.
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Around 1886, after two years on the freak show circuit, Joseph Merrick was once again in the care of the London Hospital’s top surgeon, Frederick Treves. But even Britain’s best medical minds were unsure if they could explain Joseph’s disorder before it was too late.
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In 1867 in Leicester, England, five-year-old Joseph Merrick began developing strange symptoms - overgrown limbs, massive facial tumors, and rough, loose flaps of skin. His condition baffled doctors, terrified the public, and eventually launched him to nationwide fame as “The Elephant Man.”
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Parcast's Original Show, Medical Mysteries brings high-stakes story-telling and intrepid investigation to the hospital, in a medical procedural for the podcast space. Every week, we follow desperate patients battling mysterious symptoms--from the bizarre to the terrifying--as determined doctors race against the clock for a diagnosis. Medical Mysteries premieres Tuesday August 6th. New episodes available every Tuesday on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Subscribe today!