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.

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?


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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