Caesar Part 1: Caesarean and the Fascinating Story of Dr. James Barry (a.k.a. Margaret Bulkley)

In this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start out by discussing the fact that, contrary to what we speculated in a previous episode, World’s Fairs are actually still a thing. We then jump into the meat of the show, discussing whether Julius Caesar was actually born via a Caesarean operation and then look at the remarkable story of Margaret Bulkley, who is better known in history as Dr. James Barry- one of the first people to perform a Caesarean operation in which both the woman and baby survived.

This is part 1 of what will be a 4 part series on Julius Caesar.  Stay tuned next time for when we jump into his life more directly by discussing a rather hilarious pirate adventure he had as a young man.

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2 comments

  • Please— before you start recommending C-sections and how nice it must be to have them, speak to an actual woman who has had one. C-sections are extremely painful, debilitating, dangerous and expensive. Of course, a woman should have that option if her health or the health of her baby are in jeopardy. No one should ever have one for convenience!

    Imagine having every layer of muscle in your abdomen sliced through and then your uterus TORN open. Then if you want to breastfeed your baby, you can’t take pain medication–so you have to endure the intense pain while trying to bond with and nurse your baby for weeks. A woman’s body is designed to recover from a vaginal birth in a few days, not major abdominal surgery though. Also, if you don’t have insurance, a c-section can cost up to $50,000. Contrast that with a vaginal birth which can cost less than $5,000. Thank you, I’m still a listener.

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