“Cello scrotum” diagnosis does not exist, doctors John and Elaine Murphy who described the ailment in respectful the British Medical Journal 34 years ago have admitted recently. According to the doctors, the joke was inspired by another foolish diagnosis “guitar nipple”, a condition caused by repetitive irritation of nipples when the guitar is pressed against the chest of musicians.
Cheerful doctors thought they could joke and described supposed cellists’ complaint about painful scrotum caused by cello rubbing against their bodies. To their astonishment, several distinguished magazines accepted their article and published it, so the diagnosis began to be used in medical practice. After 34 years the doctors finally felt pricks of conscience and decided to announce the truth.
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