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Humpty, blame it on king’s men

London, Dec. 10: Nursery rhymes show a cynical disregard for injuries, often to children, students say in a satirical letter to a medical journal.

For instance, Humpty Dumpty should have been put on a spinal board immediately after his big fall, they say, and the presence of all the king’s men suggests a “shocking lack of crowd control”. “Could the crowded scene explain the inability of the responders to put Humpty Dumpty together again'” they ask.

Rock-a-bye baby would have suffered serious injury in the fall from the tree, they point out. The fact that the child was in the tree in the first place suggests a reprehensible lack of parental responsibility, a study by Sarah Giles and Sarah Shea, from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says.

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