Posted by: smirkdirk | January 30, 2009

The Risks Classical Musicians Take For Their Art – Oh Wait, No They Don’t…

From the BBC

A top doctor has admitted her part in hoodwinking a leading medical journal after inventing a medical condition called “cello scrotum”.

Elaine Murphy – now Baroness Murphy – dreamt up the painful complaint in the 1970s, sending a report to the British Medical Journal.

A BMJ spokesman said the inclusion and subsequent debunking of “cello scrotum” had “added to the gaiety of life”.

“Anyone who has ever watched a cello being played would realise the physical impossibility of our claim,” said Baroness Murphy

The spoof was inspired by a similar report of a phenomenon called “guitar nipple”, which happened when the edge of the guitar was pressed against the breast, causing irritation.

Article

Here’s a link to AUDIO of Baroness Murphy explaining herself

And here’s a link to a pdf of the page from the BMJ back in 1970 when I was born.

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