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Here's the first in a new 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 t Here's the first in a new 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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Here's the first in a new 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 t Here's the first in a new 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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  1. 5 out of 5

    Realini

    Ricky Gervais' Guide to Medicine with Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington Ricky Gervais is one of the best comedians in the world. And Steven Merchant is not so bad either. I am not sure what the third man brings to this show though. Yes, he has to take many shots and he is there to express some ridiculous opinions. In fact, with serious subjects like Medicine, Gervais and Merchant are providing the sensible perspectives and the third man is there to make us laugh. Only he doesn't. Not in Ricky Gervais' Guide to Medicine with Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington Ricky Gervais is one of the best comedians in the world. And Steven Merchant is not so bad either. I am not sure what the third man brings to this show though. Yes, he has to take many shots and he is there to express some ridiculous opinions. In fact, with serious subjects like Medicine, Gervais and Merchant are providing the sensible perspectives and the third man is there to make us laugh. Only he doesn't. Not in my view anyway. This man has some really serious holes in his education. That may recommend him for the position of the ordinary man. Or maybe the Typical Trump voter... Karl talks about Tutankhamen. The subject being medicine, this average man knows nothing about history or anything really. He heard about Tutankhamen. And he is sure that there was something wrong with the knee of the pharaoh. And this is why he died. This simple soul goes on to talk about the disadvantage of...cleanliness. He knew a woman called something like Dirty Mary. One could not stay close to her because of the fetid smell. The woman never washed apparently. Nevertheless, she has never been sick. Ergo the conclusion... People wash too much these days. And babies have too many shots, vaccines. This last stupid assertion is really dangerous. It has gained traction and more and more people die because they refuse to be vaccinated. Or even worse, the parents reject this "devilish" contraption for their children! Because they think along the lines of this Third Simple Mind on the comedy show. The real fact that antibiotics have become inefficient in combating so many infections does not lend veracity to this preposterous claim that we have to reject vaccines and so many other modern medicine treatments. The discovery of penicillin is brought into the picture. The mold on a piece of old bread helped or was responsible for the remedy. So there's another argument for leaving refuse and garbage around. Steve Merchant says early on that talking with Karl is like communicating with... Primitive man Indeed, for me this third presence spoils the entertainment. I would much rather have Steve Merchant and Ricky Gervais engaged in a dialectical exchange.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Abecca

    I’m pretty open to most things, but this was in pathetically poor taste. It was annoying to listen to with three men talking over one another on completely different tangents. Worst audio/podcast I’ve ever wasted my time on! I feel ripped off - that’s time I will never get back now!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caoimhin

    Meh. This was recommended to me on the audible app. It's not bad necessarily it just feels like a watered down version of the podcast from 07. Karl Pilkington's "insights" seem stale and boring in 2018. I'm rating it 3 but I feel that's being generous. Meh. This was recommended to me on the audible app. It's not bad necessarily it just feels like a watered down version of the podcast from 07. Karl Pilkington's "insights" seem stale and boring in 2018. I'm rating it 3 but I feel that's being generous.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Wilson

    Absolute hilarious listen... Loved it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Moran

    Nb

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Oh my days! Obviously its Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington so if your easily offended dont do it! But my God. I've never laughed so much. Pure and utter comedy! Brilliant! Bloody love it! Oh my days! Obviously its Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington so if your easily offended dont do it! But my God. I've never laughed so much. Pure and utter comedy! Brilliant! Bloody love it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    FiFi

    3.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Sometimes amusing but not the guys at their funniest.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    A quick good comedy sketch on medicine. More Karl and Stephen, than Ricky.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Day

    fun little listen - great for in the bath, car, etc - Fans of Gervais et al should enjoy - I'm looking forward to the next in the series fun little listen - great for in the bath, car, etc - Fans of Gervais et al should enjoy - I'm looking forward to the next in the series

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzi

    Be prepared to laugh out loud alone (or to get those strange looks from others if you're listening to it on your iPod when you're not alone). Be prepared to laugh out loud alone (or to get those strange looks from others if you're listening to it on your iPod when you're not alone).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shane Phillips

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ellee Kate

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jason Reeves

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chochacho

  16. 4 out of 5

    SD Woolf

  17. 5 out of 5

    Quyen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tristan Brown

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Milton

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ian Rak

  21. 5 out of 5

    Recindag

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily Collier

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Rankin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Troy Blackford

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steph Donohue

  26. 4 out of 5

    James Goodwin-O'Keeffe

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elena

  28. 4 out of 5

    Miikka

  29. 4 out of 5

    Louise Inniss

  30. 5 out of 5

    Guy

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