Junk Science

18 Oct

Chimney Sweep Van Dyke From Mary PoppinsWhile I was doing some research last night, I came across this nugget from Wikipedia:

The first cause of cancer was identified by British surgeon Percivall Pott, who discovered in 1775 that cancer of the scrotum was a common disease among chimney sweeps.
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This sparks so many questions that I don’t have the time right now to discover the answer to, foremost of which is “why”?

Is there some naughty secret to chimney sweeping that I’m not privy to?

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One Response to “Junk Science”

  1. bmj2k October 18, 2010 at 19:59 #

    Did you see the recent article about Egyptian mummies? Scientists found no trace of cancer in them and concluded (with very bad logic) that cancer must be man made. I think all it proves is that pyramids did not have chimneys.

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