Nnto: That Buzz In Your Ear Quack Cures For Deafness And Creepy Crawly Parasites

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Presentation 1: “Can Airplane Dives Cure Deafness? and Other Miraculous Cures for Hearing Loss” by Jai Virdi-Dhesi

What’s the difference between a quack with a scheme and a visionary with a theory? A finger in the ear. No, seriously. Finger surgery was one of many unregulated services promising a miraculous cure for hearing loss, as were airplane dives in the 1930s. Learn about the colorful history of deafness cures and how audacious charlatans thrived by selling worthless treatments and hearing devices, because any cure was better than none.

Jai is a historian of medicine based in Toronto who spends nearly all her free time on Twitter sharing images of weird and wacky medical histories.

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Presentation 2: "Outstaying the Welcome: Parasites, Parasitoids, and Hosts" by Lauren Shorser

The relationships between parasites and parasitoids and their hosts can be complex, bizarre, or disturbing—if you're lucky, all three at once! Learn how the rules of hospitality change when there's more at stake than just dinner.

Lauren Shorser is an editor, writer, and co-boss of Nerd Nite Toronto often found lurking at the back of Tranzac's main hall during Nerd Nites. She finds it unsettling to write about herself in the third person.

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