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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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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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Awesome podcast! Every Tuesday I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

By taylorgirl12 - May 29 2020
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Please listen! It amazing! Number 1 fannnnn

Good show

By Hdgfrth - Apr 02 2020
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Love the narrators and their voices!

iTunes Ratings

1244 Ratings
Average Ratings
841
166
94
60
83

Awesome podcast! Every Tuesday I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

By taylorgirl12 - May 29 2020
Read more
Please listen! It amazing! Number 1 fannnnn

Good show

By Hdgfrth - Apr 02 2020
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Love the narrators and their voices!
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Medical Mysteries

Latest release on Jul 14, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Hiccup Girl Pt. 1

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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.

Parcasters - Two men, one account. The Pascagoula abduction is one of the most credible in U.S. history, but where do you stand? Follow the case this week on Extraterrestrial, available on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Aug 20 2019

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Rank #2: Allergic to Water

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Alexandra Allen’s nightmare first began in 2009 when she was 12 years old. After swimming in a hotel pool, she nearly went into anaphylactic shock. After a battery of tests, doctors were shocked by what caused her reaction. She was allergic to water.

Dec 10 2019

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Rank #3: The Fasting Girl

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In the late 1800s, Mollie Fancher was entangled with a city trolley car that dragged her violently through the streets of Brooklyn. This caused a series of inexplicable ailments that left her bedridden for the remainder of her life. But Mollie’s strangest symptom was her ability to go 14 years without eating a thing…

Jan 14 2020

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Rank #4: Gloria Ramirez “The Toxic Lady”

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On February 19th, 1994, a young woman from Riverside, California was rushed to the emergency room after becoming unresponsive in her home. When doctors began operating on her, they noticed something strange: crystals in her blood. Within minutes the medical staff all started to collapse one by one.

Mar 31 2020

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Rank #5: Flesh-Eating Bacteria

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It’s a terrifying infection that liquefies skin and muscle. Though rare, doctors are still ill-equipped to fight flesh-eating bacteria, and it still continues to take lives to this day.

Dec 17 2019

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Rank #6: Myasthenia Gravis

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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. 

Sep 03 2019

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Rank #7: Panic Virus Pt. 1

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In 1998, British physician Andrew Wakefiled published a paper claiming he had found a direct connection between the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine with autism. His dangerous claims caused an entire movement of people who were no longer willing to vaccinate their children out of fear...

Apr 07 2020

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Rank #8: Human Chimerism: Different DNA

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A condition in which a person possesses cells with more than one distinct genetic makeup. This can alter DNA evidence linking a mother’s relation to her child—even if she had conceived, carried, and given birth to them.

Oct 29 2019

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Rank #9: Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) Pt. 1

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In 1939, Lou Gehrig would play his last game with the New York Yankees. After more than 2,000 consecutive starts, his physical abilities began to decline. Nearly a century earlier, a doctor in Paris was beginning research on the disease that would one day be synonymous with Gehrig.

Apr 28 2020

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Rank #10: Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Pt. 1

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24-year-old journalist Susannah Cahalan began coming down with a troubling set of symptoms in 2009. She experienced hallucinations, numbness and delusions, which grew life-threatening as doctors struggled to diagnose her.

Nov 05 2019

51mins

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Rank #11: The Case of the Frozen Addicts

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In 1982, six heroin addicts found themselves immobilized, as if frozen. For over seven years, Dr. J. William Langston worked to save their lives...

Mar 03 2020

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Rank #12: Adrenoleukodystrophy Pt. 1

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In a matter of months, eight-year-old Lorenzo Odone lost his hearing and sight, as well as his ability to move, swallow, and speak. Doctors told him he had five years to live at most. But his parents refused to accept this and went on a frantic search for a cure.

Nov 26 2019

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Rank #13: Fatal Familial Insomnia Pt. 1: The Sleepless Family

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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.

Sep 10 2019

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Rank #14: Hiccup Girl Pt. 2

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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.

Parcasters - Which UFO sighting kicked off the alien craze? It wasn’t Roswell! Subscribe to Extraterrestrial today to learn about the close encounter that started it all, the Mount Rainier flying saucer sighting. Search for Extraterrestrial on Spotify to listen now!

Aug 27 2019

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Rank #15: Leishmaniasis Pt. 1: The Deadly Parasite

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Explorers set out on an expedition into the wilderness of Honduras in 2015. They were seeking a lost city, but returned with far more than they bargained for.

Oct 15 2019

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Rank #16: Leisure Sickness

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Could being a workaholic actually have dangerous effects? Just ask the victims of Leisure Sickness—a psychological phenomenon in which individuals who are especially devoted to their work become physically ill when they try to relax.

Nov 19 2019

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Rank #17: The Death of President Harding

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At the time, doctors believed the 57-year-old’s symptoms could have been caused by a stroke, but there have been many other medical theories since then. Some people even believe that President Warren G. Harding was poisoned.

Jan 07 2020

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Rank #18: NEW: Severe Allergic Reactions

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We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Medical Mysteries today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.


When 10-year-old Morgan Smith was on a Colorado camping trip with his family in 2006, everything was going fine. But when he bit into a piece of fish—everything changed. 

Apr 21 2020

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Rank #19: Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) Pt. 2

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In 2014, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” went viral across the internet. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe participated in videos hoping to help bring an end to ALS. 

May 05 2020

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Rank #20: Adrenoleukodystrophy Pt. 2

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After Lorenzo Odone was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy in 1984, his parents developed a treatment that saved his life. But in 1993, they faced accusations of fraud when a Hollywood movie based on Lorezno's story gave false impressions to a number of other desperate patients.

Dec 03 2019

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Truman Show Syndrome Pt. 1

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In the early 2000s, psychologist Dr. Joel Gold met several patients who believed they were the stars of their own reality shows. They each shared similar delusions of being recorded by hidden cameras, with their friends and family part of the cast and crew, and unseen producers coaxing them toward a grand prize. 

Jul 14 2020

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Disease Forgery Pt. 2

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Growing up in the ‘90s, Gypsy Rose was convinced she suffered from cancer and epilepsy. But in truth, her mother Dee Dee was addicted to faking her daughter’s illnesses—a disorder in itself, known today as Munchausen’s by Proxy. 

Jul 07 2020

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Introducing: Meet Cute

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When you’re between episodes of Medical Mysteries, you should check out another great podcast called Meet Cute. It isn’t a Parcast show, but if you’re looking for mysteries that will always have a happy ending, Meet Cute is perfect for you. Meet cutes are short-form audio romantic comedies that take the listener from “meet cute” to “happily ever after” in 15 minutes — because everyone needs a good love story. To hear more episodes, search Meet Cute on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts!

Jul 05 2020

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Disease Forgery Pt. 1

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In 1991, a 24-year-old woman checked herself into the hospital dozens of times, each with a new and perplexing illness. Her symptoms didn't match anything doctors had seen before. Then they discovered she was suffering from Munchausen's Syndrome—and was addicted to making herself sick.

Jun 30 2020

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Radium Girls Pt. 2: Radium on Trial

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In 1925, five dying US Radium Dial Painters sued their employer. They claimed they were dying of radiation poisoning—but experts at the time believed radium was healthy, not toxic. So the Radium Girls took the stand to try to convince juries—and the world—of radium's dangers.

Jun 23 2020

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Radium Girls Pt. 1: Women Who Glowed in the Dark

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In the 1920s, dial-painters at US Radium's New Jersey factory began getting sick. They were diagnosed with syphilis and phossy jaw, but their symptoms didn't add up. The women suspected something about their job was making them fatally ill—but they were running out of time to solve the mystery.

Jun 16 2020

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Body Integrity Dysphoria

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Our body is the only one we'll ever know, for better or worse. And for those suffering from Body Integrity Dysphoria, they feel like one or more of their limbs doesn't belong. Many of them resort to drastic measures like self-amputation to achieve their ideal body. But researchers are still trying to figure out why.

Jun 09 2020

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Mental Health Pt. 4: The 21st Century

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Today, one in four homeless Americans are living with a mental health condition. Many are unable to turn to shelters out of fear that it will worsen symptoms and the prison system has subsequently taken on the role of asylums. But understanding foreign cultures may hold the key to a cure.

Jun 02 2020

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Mental Health Pt. 3: The 20th Century

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In the late 1800s, Dr. Emil Kraepelin identified schizophrenia as its own mental health condition. But this new revelation also increased the stigma surrounding the disorder. Over the course of the next century, people living with schizophrenia became a target in the eugenics movement, both in America and overseas.

May 26 2020

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Mental Health Pt. 2: 1700s to 1900s

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When a young Quaker woman died in an asylum in 1790, William Tuke resolved to found a new facility focused on treatment—not incarceration. But mental health conditions were poorly understood, and many of the early expiramental treatments could be better described as torture.

May 19 2020

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Mental Health Pt. 1: Origins

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Socrates was one of the greatest philosophers of all time—and he heard voices. Pheidippides invented the marathon—and experienced hallucinations. Were these symptoms of mental health conditions, or signs of divine intervention? And how could ancient Greek doctors treat their delusional patients?

May 12 2020

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Beating the Odds: Reshma Begum

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Welcome to our special five-part series, Beating the Odds. Every day this week we’re telling the true tales of medical miracles that shocked the world: Today we’re discussing Reshma Begum, a seamstress in Bangladesh who was pulled out alive from the wreckage of a building…17 days after it collapsed.

May 08 2020

12mins

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Beating the Odds: Michael Benson

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Welcome to our special five-part series, Beating the Odds. Every day this week we’re telling the true tales of medical miracles that shocked the world: Today we’re discussing Michael Benson, a cameraman who survived a helicopter crash, only to find himself stuck inside a volcano’s crater…for two days.

May 07 2020

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Beating the Odds: José Salvador Alvarenga

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Welcome to our special five-part series, Beating the Odds. Every day this week we’re telling the true tales of medical miracles that shocked the world: Today we’re discussing José Salvador Alvarenga, a Salvadoran fisherman who spent over 13 months adrift at sea…and survived.

May 06 2020

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Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) Pt. 2

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In 2014, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” went viral across the internet. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe participated in videos hoping to help bring an end to ALS. 

May 05 2020

44mins

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Beating the Odds: Beck Weathers

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Welcome to our special five-part series, Beating the Odds. Every day this week we’re telling the true tales of medical miracles that shocked the world: Today we’re discussing Beck Weathers, a Texas pathologist who survived the disastrous 1996 blizzard on Mount Everest...

May 04 2020

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Beating the Odds: Anna Bågenholm

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Welcome to our special five-part series, Beating the Odds. Every day this week we’re telling the true tales of medical miracles that shocked the world: Today we’re discussing the story of Anna Bågenholm, whose heart stopped in 1999 after she was trapped in a labyrinth of thick ice for nearly an hour and a half…

May 04 2020

10mins

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Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) Pt. 1

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In 1939, Lou Gehrig would play his last game with the New York Yankees. After more than 2,000 consecutive starts, his physical abilities began to decline. Nearly a century earlier, a doctor in Paris was beginning research on the disease that would one day be synonymous with Gehrig.

Apr 28 2020

43mins

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NEW: Severe Allergic Reactions

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We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Medical Mysteries today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.


When 10-year-old Morgan Smith was on a Colorado camping trip with his family in 2006, everything was going fine. But when he bit into a piece of fish—everything changed. 

Apr 21 2020

44mins

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Panic Virus Pt. 2

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In 2001, disgraced doctor and medical researcher Andrew Wakefield left the UK and re-settled in Austin, Texas. There, he continued spreading dangerous misinformation about the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and its alleged connection to autism. As measles outbreaks swept the country, the medical establishment tried to counter his influence. 

Apr 14 2020

45mins

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iTunes Ratings

1244 Ratings
Average Ratings
841
166
94
60
83

Awesome podcast! Every Tuesday I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

By taylorgirl12 - May 29 2020
Read more
Please listen! It amazing! Number 1 fannnnn

Good show

By Hdgfrth - Apr 02 2020
Read more
Love the narrators and their voices!